There have been – and continue to be – significant changes in the market for products and services targeted to Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Compliance with the AODA is mandatory and the associated regulations can be daunting. But beyond compliance, Wayfinding for this growing segment of the population must take a different approach in order to stand out from general signage and be distinguishable; otherwise, it will go unnoticed.
This may seem counter to established design guidelines. However, we have developed winning strategies precisely in this manner with our innovative Memory Care line. Our solutions are simple, practical, effective, and relevant – all designed to help with routine activities and improve your residents’ well-being. Drawn from a unique set of design requirements, we incorporate the use of images as well as text to produce unrivalled products such as Memory Frames and Boxes to help residents find and recognize their rooms. Despite “standing out,” they still complement the residence’s design and successfully add a dimension of warmth and caring.
The Aroh team has a solid understanding of signage for memory care, having worked on many projects and undertaken significant research into Memory Care Wayfinding. We’ll help facilitate a strategy that works for each residence, helps manage residents’ anxiety by providing them with communication tools they can understand, and remains focused on resident safety by ensuring all signage meets regulations.
We employ alternative Wayfinding strategies such as artwork, graphics, colour, etc. – as well as the use of images or graphic panels in common rooms and hallways – even branding an entire Memory Care area in the residence to give it a unique identity.
Our wall-mounted landmarks –murals or 3D wall-mounted pieces – are purposely large and easily referenced. We understand how to use them effectively; often, a wall at an intersection is the ideal location, particularly at key decision points in the residence. Whatever its design, the landmark needs to use appropriate colours and be constructed in a shape or form that is easily recognized.
This combines reminiscence therapy with the benefits of exercise. Large murals placed strategically around the memory area (featuring images relevant to residents) create stopping points and are designed to stimulate memory recall and conversation. Designed to function as wall art, these murals help to maintain and heighten the home-like feel of the residence. The visual presence of Memory Walk murals creates reference points for residents with early-stage dementia, functioning as Wayfinding aids to help them find their way and keep them more independent. And visitors will love them too – they are great conversation starters!