Sensory rooms are special places for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to safely explore and stimulate all five senses. The rooms can be used for calming or stimulating, depending on the needs of your loved one.
Read more about the benefits of sensory room therapy and how you can create your own sensory room for your senior loved one.
As we continue to learn more about Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia, new treatment methods, ways to live with the disease and ways to love those with the disease are constantly evolving.
One of the newest trends in memory care are sensory rooms that combine gentle light, movement, music and tactile objects designed to either calm or stimulate residents.
Dr. Anke Jakob, from London’s Kingston University and co-producer of the publication “How to Make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia,” says that sensory rooms:
“Can enhance feelings of comfort and well-being, relieve stress and pain and maximize a person’s potential to focus, all of which help improve communication and memory.”
She went on to say that while these spaces are typically geared to younger people with learning or physical disabilities, people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can also reap benefits.
“Traditionally, these spaces have been geared more towards younger adults and children with learning or physical disabilities. However, our approach emphasizes the benefits of addressing all the senses to support residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in a care home environment. Soft textiles, familiar everyday objects, interesting things to smell and taste, sound and film can all have an important part to play in that process.”
The guide, which is available as a free download, also outlines 10 tips to creating your own multi-sensory room for your loved one.
These tips can get you started on your own sensory room in your own home:
Have you made a sensory room or has your senior loved one used a room like this in the past? We’d love to hear more about your experiences in the comments below.