Multisensory Equipment Trials and Testimonials

Incredible engagement and interactions have been noted as a result of sensory stimulation and the use of multisensory devices.  Read below for some of the results collected by Associated Health Systems:

US Study on Star Gazer Projector

We received some amazing results from a study that was done in the US with one of the Multisensory devices that we sell called the Star Gazer. It’s a projector that replicates a night sky in a room, complete with clouds and stars passing overhead. The study was done in a Hospice but the symptoms that it helped address can be found in various patient/resident populations outside of hospices. The key findings were: “effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety, agitation, dyspnea, insomnia, and pain in 90% of the patients within a 30 minute period.

Rover Trial at a Lower Mainland Acute Care Site

A Medical Unit at an acute care site trialed the Rover(and later purchased it). Feedback from staff was all positive with the patients. Some patients were requesting it days after the initial session. One standout case they reported was with one of their patients who was agitated, rarely slept, and rolled around the unit in her wheelchair into people and objects. After one late afternoon session with the Rover she slept through the night for the first time in weeks, and was calm and happy in her room the next day.

Rover Placement at an Alberta ER Department

Quote from the ER Manager “It was placed out in the dept. a few weeks ago and it has had phenomenal results. Patients young and old have calmed down and it’s even calming the unit down as a whole. The music has decreased our need to sedate and restrain many patients and it has been a huge success.”

Canadian Study on Medication Impact

In regards to initiatives on reducing the inappropriate use of anti-psychotics, there are several Canadian projects presently underway. The links below will give you some information on a project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvements(CFHI)

Supported by CFHI, 56 long term care facilities across seven Canadian provinces and one territory significantly reduced the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication. Interprofessional healthcare teams used patient-centered, Data-driven approaches to managing the disruptive behaviors that can be associated with dementia. You will also note in finding the significant reduction in FALLS! A Representative for CFHI said, “So we brought on new recreational therapies – Sensory – pet therapy, music therapy, gardening – trying to get people back into the simple aspects of life that bring that sparkle back into their eye,” Phillips said.

A total of 54 per cent of the residents having their antipsychotic prescriptions changed — including 18 per cent who saw their dosages reduced, and 36 per cent who stopped the drugs altogether. Instead of there being an increase in aggressive behavior, there was a notable decrease. Verbally abusive behavior decreased by 33 per cent; resistance to care incidents decreased by 22 per cent; while falls decreased by 20 per cent.

“And not only that, we heard from families that they got their loved ones back,” Phillips said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Huron Lodge, in Windsor, Ont- found that 35.2% of their residents were inappropriately prescribed antipsychotics. Administrator – Alina Sirbu said, “we are attacking this problem by introducing innovative programs that focus on individual residents by using Muti-Sensory Therapy to – stimulate their minds and calm them when they are agitated or sundowning” She called this room, ”one of the greatest tools I have used in my career!”

Rover Trial at a Lower Mainland Long Term Care Site:

They trialed a portable Rover, but left it stationary in one room and brought residents to it.

“We trialed it with Residents that have progressed Dementia, Frontal Lobe Dementia. Below are notes from Recreation Therapy Staff.

  1. L – was amazed when he entered the sensory room. He was looking up/down and was trying to touch the colorful water bubble tank. When we left the room, he asked ‘’what was that?’’. L doesn’t talk much. He is very slow to respond and at time we get no response from him. He is also
  2.  C – was very curious about the sensory room. It is usually hard to get him to look up and make eye contact because he looks down at the ground. But when he saw the bubble tank change colors, he began to look at it and continue to look at the images on the ceiling. He was looking at the fiber optics as well. By third visit He was fully alert looking at the art on the ceiling. He also reached for the fiber optics touched it. C doesn’t look at anyone most of the time. Very rarely he response to noise or
  3.  C – C did not have a much reaction to the sensory room when she first entered, she took few deep breaths. Other than that, she did not seem to be engaged with the wire or show interest in the tank. During our second visit she seemed amazed when looking at the colors. She was looking up and down and tried to touch the colorful wires this time. She was fully alert, smiling and tried to say something to the writer. C usually is sleepy and doesn’t talk…
  4.  H – H entered the room and noticed the light she said in her language “this so beautiful, Precious” she seemed to gravitate towards the water tank because she kept on looking at it. Then she noticed the picture being projected on the wall. It totally relax her. H talks none- stop at times in Spanish and sometimes she can be aggressive but she seem clam during one on one.
  5.  – Resident volunteered to use the sensory room with the rover. He spend 20 minutes in the room. He said the color red was better than all the colors. Resident was staring at the tank the whole time. He wanted to touch the fiber optic but he hesitated & asked if it was hot. After reassurance that it’s not hot he was touching the fiber optics. N is very active, he attends gym couple times a week with family member. He also helps around the unit and attends Spanish classes. He has Frontal Lobe Dementia.
  6.  – He tried to touch the tank with bubble 3 times. When the water tank turned red he started blowing on it. At time he will look at the tank for a few seconds. He did not notice the projector on the wall or the Fiber optic.

The response for each resident has been different but mostly they have been positive. We have seen some resident react to the bubble tank, fiber optic and the images on the wall. We have also heard residents say something about it when they normally don’t speak often. This was great trial!”

Rover Trial at a Fraser Valley Long Term Care Site

A care home had a resident that had been there for over a year and was non-communicative. Saying at most hi or bye. After 20-30 minutes with the Rover, particularly the fibre optic strands, she turned to the care aid and said “thank you for showing this to me.” That was the first time she had spoken enough for them to hear her British accent.

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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.