Multi-Sensory Room

 

Older adults with dementia occaisionally experience depression and withdrawal. We strive to ensure that each participant is relaxed and engaged. Our Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) offers a stimulating blend of sights, sounds, textures and aromas. It is a safe and nonthreatening environment where participants experience self-control, autonomous discovery and exploration. These achievements allow participants to reduce depression and agitation, enhance self-esteem, and increase engagement.

Imagine being in a room where there are colored, dancing lights, soft pillows and toys, soothing music playing in the background, and the smell of lavender in the air. This is what a Multi-Sensory Room consists of. Through the use of equipment such as a solar projector, bubble tube, mirror ball, and fiber optic strands, MSE rooms create an out of this world experience. It is a room of colors, sounds, lights, smells and objects.

Lights, patterns and shapes float past on the walls and ceiling; bubbles in bubble tubes change color; relaxing music plays round the room.

Benefits of a Multi-Sensory Room:

  • Reduced tension
  • Improvement in mood and behavior
  • Increased concentration
  • Improved responsiveness
  • Enhanced communication
  • Improved sensory skills
  • Improved eye-hand coordination
  • Relaxation in friendly stress free environment.

 

Colored lights dance on the walls. Gentle sounds play in the background. Wonderful scents float in the air. Everything is designed to be soothing and stimulating but not overwhelming. Beautiful and fascinating to watch, sound and light walls paint an ever-changing light picture in harmony with the changing pitch and timbre of a variety of soothing music.  The room is warm, the chair is comfortable and you're surrounded by softness and calm.

 

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Originally developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s, "Snoezelen" rooms with controlled multisensory stimulation have been established in institutions all over the world for people with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, depression and anxiety. We have seen consistent improvement across a wide spectrum of categories with a broad range of clients in effective state, cognition, communication, and functional behavior.

 

Multi-Sensory Environments addresses both gross-motor competencies and emotional needs, with the goal to move each person toward the highest possible level of functioning. The activities help promote positive changes in behavior and soothe the stresses of everyday living. The program is designed to help a person who is idle or under stimulated become more interested in doing things, and to decrease problematic behaviors in someone who is over stimulated.

Elizabeth Price, Director of Memory Lane, is certified to use Multi-Sesnory Environment techniques. Participants, accompanied by Elizabeth, are in the MSE room three days a week for 30 minutes each, after which Elizabeth completes a response profile so each participant's experience continuously improves.