I was talking with Dutch colleagues, who told me of one care home which took photos of their residents' old front doors, printed them life-sized and used them to cover each of the residents’ respective new front doors. The residents found this helped them enormously. Very neat! What could better prompt that feeling of being at home (given that you no longer can be), than returning each day to your own front door?
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If elderly people are moved into sheltered accommodation or care homes, they suddenly face many problems, often including a sense of dislocation. It would be easy to discuss or investigate how bad this problem is, exactly what troubling effects it leads to, and other problem-focused lines of inquiry. Another option would be to do something worthwhile to give the new residents more of the feeing they want - of something familiar.