What is a Sensory Stimulation Room?

Sensory Stimulation rooms provide therapeutic advantages by offering individuals with cognitive impairments and other challenging conditions the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of multi-sensory experiences.

Sensory for the Elderly

Sensory Rooms for Dementia. The term ‘dementia’ describes progressive disorders affecting the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. These conditions present problems with thinking, mood, behavior, and the ability to take part in everyday activity and leisure.

If no suitable activities are provided and people living with dementia have nothing to do, they might become increasingly isolated, frustrated, bored and unhappy.

Sensory Rooms for Dementia

However, choosing the most suitable type of activity for people in the mid to late stages of the disease is challenging. Given those people may not be able to participate in hobbies enjoyed in the past, it may be the sensory side of that activity that needs to be supported.

Sensory activities may also provide a level of stimulation, which increases awareness and attention due to the simplicity of the task. Matching the sensory demand of the activity with a well-designed environment will help the person with dementia to take part.

Auditory stimulation is very effective for mood enhancement, relaxation, and cognition. It includes a wide range of sounds, ranging from natural sound (e.g. birdsong, waterfall, urban environment) to generated sound such as music.

Both can be enjoyed live or played back through a sound system. A multi – sensory space should provide both a good sound system with CD player, as well as items that produce life sounds such as musical instruments or water features.

The expense in building a sensory room requires not only dollars but creative thinking and the knowledge of understanding how exactly a sensory room can work. There is not, at present, a Sensory Stimulation room for adults. We understand the needs for children but somehow, we forget adults. This works, we can change all things from a life of isolation and despair to moments of smiles, movement, and interaction not seen before. Much more is needed to complete this room, which will be open to members of the community on a donation basis.

If you are interested in donating and or sponsoring or have questions about the upcoming Multi – Sensory room to be completed by the fall of 2019, please contact us, or visit our Donations page.  Thank you.

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Associated Health Systems Inc. is a leader in Sensory Stimulation products and research and has been instrumental in helping the Lark Angels Foundation with our efforts.