Long Term Care & Retirement

Wm. Whiteley is a premier supplier of high value wayfinding signage and has recently celebrated 30 years in business for Long Term Care (LTC) and retirement facilities. Our company has supported over 100 projects, many of these, including both renovations and new builds, within the Extendicare family. We offer support services in the areas of wayfinding planning, product design, production, implementation and installation.


For more information you're welcome to download our Long Term Care brochure.


It is our experience that the improvement and addition of adequate signage is one of the quickest and most economical ways to upgrade the appearance of any building, inside or out. It also saves time for both permanent staff and visitors, reduces stress and supports building safety and security. We encourage your input and feedback in our ongoing development of products to assist LTC users including residents, staff, family members and other visitors.


Long Term Care Signage


Planning Long Term Care Signage

The planning and implementation of a wayfinding signage program begins easily enough with choices of color, font type and materials. You might have existing colours and finishes which you need to match or you may use different names and terms from those we’re showing below. Modifications are easily accommodated. We can also supply samples of colours, materials and illustrations to help you in selecting and specifying the sign products you need.

Below are some examples of the products most frequently required by the Long Term Care community. Although these products may be typical, they aren’t fixed in every respect. We suggest that you consider them a general framework which can be modified to meet the needs of your particular building or situation.


1) Color Options: choices range from brown on cream to light grey on black.

2) Font/Typeface Options: choose from several font styles and typefaces.

3) Wood Options: choose between several types of wood and either beveled or rounded edge.


Exterior Signage

Signage specified for long term care and retirement facilities often starts with Exterior Signage which can include everything from signs for the institution, name and street number, vehicle directional and parking information, entrance, exit and delivery signage.


Interior Signage

The main part of any program will concern the Interior Signage which call fall into one of four main categories:

1) Welcome Signs and Main Directory.

2) Amenities and Special Services: Washrooms, Activity and Event Signage, Feature Rooms, i.e., Spa, Pool, Beauty/Barber, Shop, etc.

3) Resident Location: RHA Name, Room Number Directional, Nursing Station, Staff On Duty Board, Resident Room Number and Name, and Post It Board in Resident Room.


4) Administration and Healthcare: Patient Rights, Ministry, Inspection Information and Family Information, Office Directory, Specific Offices, and Health and Safety Information.

Our Long Term Care & Retirement Signage Products

To consider the possibilities for changeable sign products see Switch, Tablet and Magpi. For permanent signs see Shapes and Outdoor.