The artwork helps brighten the walls and raise moral during a tough year for both Durand Manor residents and staff. (Durand Manor photo)

The artwork helps brighten the walls and raise moral during a tough year for both Durand Manor residents and staff. (Durand Manor photo)

Art Gallery of Golden brightens Durand Manor

Donations of art to the facility have helped brighten spirits

The Art Gallery of Golden has helped brighten up the walls of Durand Manor, donating several art pieces to help adorn the walls of the long-term care home.

According to Morgan Foisy, the rehabilitation assist and program coordinator at Durand, the facility doesn’t have a large budget for art and decorations and the donations are a huge asset to the home.

“We wanted to make it a bit more homey and are striving to make the facility less like a facility and more like a home for our residents,”said Foisy.

“For the residents, it can bring a sense of comfort and make this place less like a hospital, we’re always trying to our patient care in our approach and unfortunately the facility is fairly old and hospitalized, so it’s a nice way to break up the bare walls.”

According to Foisy, AGOG has donated art in the past to the home.

Foisy says the artwork has been well received by the patients, adding that the art can serve more purposes than just sprucing up the place.

She says many of their residents are dementia patients and that the artwork can create and anchor or landmark to help them locate their rooms, when the blank walls would otherwise cause further confusion for the patients.

“The artwork, it gives them a sense of direction, it gives them cues as to which doors are theirs, it helps them so much,” said Foisy.

“It’s easier on the staff as well, because the residents don’t have to constantly ask which room is theirs.

“It really does just help ground them and bring a sense of home to their quarters.”

Foisy says the artwork can help boost morale, after a tough year where many patients have been isolated from loved ones and unable to leave the home due to COVID restrictions.

“Just that little splash of colour can put a smile on our residents faces or lift their spirits,” she said.

“Not just residents, but staff as well, it’s been a stressful year for all of us and it brings a little brightness.”

Their response and support from the community over the last year to help Durand Manor during COVID has been amazing, according to Foisy.

She says she’s always blown away by how Golden residents rise to the occasion whenever Durand asks for something.

She recalls this summer when they made a call out for sunglasses and hats so that residents could get outside in the courtyard and enjoy some fresh air, saying within 24 hours there were enough to make sure everyone got some time outside.

She also says at Christmas, every resident was given a gift from an anonymous community members, with donations being dropped off throughout the holiday season.

“We’re so grateful for the community, with the community not being allowed in here at the moment, it’s great to have this art and have a little piece of Golden inside our walls, it allows our residents to feel some kind of connection,” said Foisy.

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