Feature Topic: Therapeutic EnvironmentsEvaluation of the Effect of Orientation Cues on Wayfinding in Persons with DementiaNolan, Beth A.D., MA; Mathews, R Mark, PhD; Truesdell-Todd, Gina, MA; VanDorp, Amy, BSWAuthor Information Graduate Research Assistant, Human Development, University of Kansas. (Nolan) Professor of Human Development, and Associate Director of the University of Kansas Gerontology Center. (Mathews) Graduate Research Assistant, Human Development, University of Kansas. (Truesdell-Todd) Geriatric Social Worker, Good Shepherd Home, Resthaven Care Center in Holland, Michigan. (VanDorp) Address correspondence to the authors at the University of Kansas Gerontology Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045. This article is based on a portion of the first author's master's thesis submitted to the Department of Human Development at the University of Kansas. This research was supported by a grant from Resthaven Care Center, in cooperation with the Dementia Program of the Michigan Department of Community Health. Alzheimer's Care Today: January 2002 - Volume 3 - Issue 1 - p 46-49 Buy Abstract When nursing home residents with dementia are unable to locate their own room, it can create a variety of problems for residents and staff. Behavioral assessments were conducted with 40 residents to identify which residents had difficulty locating their room. Several residents were identified as able to respond to a request to locate their room but unable to consistently locate their own room. A multiple baseline design experiment was conducted with six residents to evaluate the impact of placing a portrait-like photograph and personal memorabilia in a display case outside each participant's room. Mean room finding increased by 45%, suggesting that the intervention increased room finding. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.