What is False Fireplace?
A false fireplace is as it sounds: a graphic representation of a fire and surround that can display an image of a roaring fire or embers.
Why use False Fireplace?
A fireplace can transform an otherwise clinical-looking hospital room into something much more welcoming, homely and familiar. For those living with dementia, this feeling of familiarity can be a great comfort. Because the image of a fire burning and a fire out are easily interchangeable, it can help to indicate the season or weather which can help a person with dementia connect with the passing of time.
Other changeable displays include false windows, Picture This, memory boxes and reversible mirrors.
Where would you use False Fireplace?
False fireplaces work particularly well in reminisce rooms but can work in any dementia friendly environment in a hospital or care home.