Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu September 21, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Donna Beshears, left, activity therapist for the Conway Regional Senior Behavioral Health Unit, sits with artist Jan Mallett of Conway in front of the mural Mallett painted on the unit’s patio. Standing is Dot Welch, associate director of the Conway Regional Health Foundation, which funded the mural project. The idea of the mural was to help calm patients with dementia, as well as beautify the area.

‘Everybody loves it’

Mural painted for hospital’s Senior Behavioral Health Unit

The painted murals that include a church with its muted stained-glass windows, restaurants and pots of flowers are more than just a pretty addition to the Conway Regional Medical Center Senior Behavioral Health Unit. The murals serve to calm agitated dementia patients and keep them from trying to wander off, said Donna Beshears, activity therapist. Beshears said she talked to her supervisor about the idea for the murals. “We had heard n... READ MORE


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