Trigering memories & assisting wayfinding
Familiar, everyday objects were chosen for each painting, in order to help to trigger memories of the patient’s past, to make them feel comfortable, to facilitate conversation, and assist their well-being. Each painting was confined to a specific colour palette to lodge more firmly in the patient’s memory.
The pictures were placed strategically around the ward in order to assist in wayfinding and mapping of the ward. People with dementia often find it easier to navigate using pictures, and so we placed images of domestic objects in vibrant colours near the bedside, in order to allow people to find their way “home” more easily.