Door wraps a hit with Terraceview Lodge residents

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The Dr. R.E.M. Lee Foundation has been working with the Terraceview Lodge long-term care facility to add some colour for residents.

Terraceview Lodge started installing door wraps during the spring of 2019, which cover the facility’s standard beige doors, adding diversity and uniqueness to residents’ rooms.

“At Terraceview Lodge, we’re committed to creating spaces that look, feel and smell like home,” said Cheryl Block, occupational therapist at Terraceview Lodge, in an email. “The ‘front doors’ create a space that feels familiar and is incredibly homelike.”

The door wraps also provide some practical benefits for residents and staff at the facility.

“The people who live here take pride in the fact that their ‘front door’ is different than their neighbours and staff are able to use the doors as a wayfinding cue if someone is having difficulty locating their room,” Block said.

The Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation has been fundraising for the door wraps on its website, which cost $400 each. In December, there have been 26 doors wrapped so far, with 46 left, and the fundraiser is continuing into January.

Jaimie Davis decided to donate after seeing a post about the door wraps on Facebook. She said her grandmother spent her last days at Terraceview Lodge.

“I actually dreamt of her and I saw her big smiling face and then I saw this post, and Christmas time was huge for my family, and as a kid we would always go to my granny’s house and have a big family dinner,” she said.

“I immediately thought, ‘you know what I want ... to donate a door for one of our beautiful elders and just help make it feel more like a home for them.’”

Davis put out a call for donations on her Facebook page. So far, she has encouraged around 20 people to donate a total of approximately $2,000, the equivalent of five door wraps. She was informed by the Dr. R.E.M Lee Hospital Foundation that the Nisga’a Lisims Government heard about what she was doing and were inspired to donate 10 more doors.

“I was blown away by that,” Davis said. “I think it’s amazing the things we can do when we all come together as a community, I’ve got people donating whether or not they have a loved one at Terraceview Lodge, it’s just out of the goodness of their heart.”

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News