Dementia care home forced to remove paintings
A care home at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire specializing in dementia and end stage Alzheimer’s care was asked to take down all the paintings in the home by a Fire safety officer stating that they pose risk of fire breakout.
This care home is one of the first few homes which use art as a treatment element. The paintings in the home are said to have helped patients have a better mood and help them inspire, calm and motivate them to spend the last few months of their lives in a better way.
However, the fire safety inspector who inspected the place asked the management of the care home to take down all the paintings as he felt that they increase the risk of fire accidents which has outraged the residents of the home.
It is reported that an elderly patient fighting Alzheimer’s cries at nights thinking that the home has been burgled and another patient is severely upset about the missing paintings. Manager Linda Britain said, “At the end of the day we are a home, not an institution or a hospital, and now it feels more like a prison.”
“People who suffer from dementia tend to walk up and down corridors aimlessly, in a world of their own, and it can be very difficult for staff to interact with them.”
Having these paintings have helped the care givers to ask them questions or to explain the paintings which can help them talk about their thoughts. She also added that removal of these paintings had a “devastating impact” on the elderly who are being treated at the facility.
The home has taken special care in choosing the paintings by employing dementia experts to choose the paintings strategically so that the environment at the facility can be bright and cheerful in order for the patients to have a better mood and a calming environment.