Frost Manor BSO team working to decrease wandering with new hallway murals

Murals will make it easier for residents with cognitive impairment to navigate the home

November 10, 2017, by: Deron Hamel

Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team is working towards decreasing wandering in residents with cognitive impairment with a new project to help make navigating the Lindsay long-term care home’ s hallways easier.

Residents with cognitive impairment are often challenged to find their rooms. Each of the halls at Frost Manor look similar, which can add to the confusion, says registered practical nurse Justin Hills, who recently became Frost Manor’s BSO lead, thanks to funding from the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Pictured above, Frost Manor recently used 
money provided from the BSO initiative to 
have murals painted on the walls of the home 
to help residents navigate hallways

So the BSO team invested in artwork to help solve this problem. Wendy, a local painter, was hired to come in and paint murals on each of the home’s three hallways on Nov. 6 and 7.

Since the halls are named after trees – Maple, Elm and Birch – a mural corresponding to each tree was painted at the hallway entrances. Small lettering was replaced with large lettering to identify each hall as well.

Each hallway is also colour co-ordinated with a different season. The Maple hallway has maple leaves painted with an autumn colour. The elm tree is in a summer theme, and the birch tree has snow on it representing winter. This will also help residents navigate the home, Justin says.

“We have a couple of residents who wander, and they get confused about where they are going,” he tells The OMNIway.

“So when we identify which hallway they are trying to get to, it will decrease that wandering behaviour and it will decrease the agitation for other residents, because they might otherwise wander into another resident’s room.”

Painter Wendy poses next to the birch tree she
designed for the Birch hallway at Frost Manor.

Justin says there are other projects the BSO team has in the works that will soon be rolled out. He underscores the value BSO, a provincial program aimed at improving quality of life for seniors with cognitive impairment, is bringing to people living in Ontario long-term care homes.

“If you come up with an intervention that positively affects residents’ lives, not only does it improve their quality of life, but it also makes things easier for them and they get more
enjoyment out of life,” he says.

Thanks to the funding, Frost Manor has also hired a personal support worker with expertise in the BSO initiative. This role has been filled by Logan Burrows, who came from Riverview Manor, in Peterborough.


Learn More

The Central East Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) initiative, launched in Fall 2011, was created to enhance services for older adults living with responsive behaviours associated with complex and challenging mental health, dementia or other neurological conditions wherever they live – at home, in long-term care, or elsewhere. For more information about Central East Behavioural Supports Ontario click HERE.




This story was originally published on OMNI Health Care’s website, The OMNIway. Reprinted with permission.