Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Acropolis Manor remake brings door wraps and other touches for residents

There's a new look around Acropolis Manor after some interior changes
to the surroundings were completed
(Photo from PRPA)

The Prince Rupert Port Authority and Northern Health have teamed up on a project to bring art and colour to the surroundings for residents of Acropolis Manor.

Through a 15,000 dollar funding commitment from the PRPA Community Investment Fund, doors and commons spaces in the Manor have a new look, with artwork and colour transforming the old look to make for a brighter homier and safer experience, particularly for those residents with dementia. 

The project  is part of a DementAbility Initiative and feautures the installation of some unique artwork, which makes it easier for residents, staff, and visitors to identify specific rooms and find their way around Acropolis Manor. 

Residents were able to choose their own customized vinyl door wraps to mark the entrance to their respective rooms while staff at the Manor aided in selecting unique artwork to enhance common spaces, making the facility more inviting for everyone. 

Beyond improving the atmosphere and wayfinding, the project has helped residents with dementia and their families feel more secure by camouflaging doorways to avoid patient confusion when unintentionally exiting the facility. 

The new look includes the foyer and seating area at the building’s main entrance, which were also remodelled with new decals to mimic a vibrant outdoor cafĂ©, creating a warm and welcoming place for family and friends to visit within the comfort and safety of the facility.

(Photo from PRPA)

Marcie Garinger, Manager of Acropolis Manor offered up the feeling from residents and staff with the new look.

“The project has had very positive feedback from the residents and staff, who directly benefit from the improved functionality and new bursts of colour added to their home at Acropolis Manor. We are incredibly grateful for the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s tremendous support and commitment through the Community Investment Fund, which made it possible for this essential project to go forward.”

Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority observed how the project made for some incredible changes to the space at Acropolis.

“We are privileged to be able to support the DementiAbility project and aid in improving the daily lives of people living and working at Acropolis Manor, a key healthcare facility in our community. It’s incredible to see how small changes to artwork can transform a clinical space to make it safer and more welcoming for those that call it home.”

More details on today's announcement can be reviewed here.

You can take a tour of the new look at Acropolis through a video from the PRPA available here.

Some of the past Community investments through the Port fund can be explored through our archive page.

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