Why a Sensory-Friendly Room Matters in Memory Care

Why a Sensory-Friendly Room Matters in Memory Care

February 15, 2024 | Health

Why a Sensory-Friendly Room Matters in Memory Care

As we continue to learn new things about cognitive diagnoses, new or existing treatments are constantly evolving. One of the latest treatments in memory care is sensory-friendly rooms. Using sensible lighting, movement, and music, sensory rooms emulate a positive atmosphere.

Everyone relies on sensory interactions to navigate and understand the world. Our five senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste – are what our brains rely on to receive information. These important aspects of our lives need to find a good balance. Too much stimulation, like being in a noisy crowd for too long, can be overwhelming, and too little can make us lose interest in our surroundings and ability to do everyday things.

Not only has sensory stimulation been proven to help those with forms of dementia, but it also can treat other conditions, such as chronic pain and brain injuries. Communication and people’s daily activities are altered as memory loss diagnosis progresses. Providing them with an alternative way to go about these things can help them feel safe and relaxed, ultimately improving health, mood, and self-esteem.    

Remember that every person is different in their feelings and emotions. What overwhelms one person may not affect someone else in the same way. Understand your loved one’s preferences and sensitivities and adjust as needed. Overall, this special space will enhance their well-being and contribute to positive experiences throughout their memory care journey.

Understanding Sensory-Friendly Design.

Creating sensory-friendly spaces should consider specific needs to ensure comfort and support. This is especially important for loved ones in memory care to address challenges in processing information and being aware of their surroundings. Here are a few aspects to keep in mind when designing your loved one’s space:

  1. Lighting is essential for older adults in memory care where residents might experience changes in their daily rhythms. Incorporating natural light is best because it improves moods and regulates sleep. Making sure spaces are properly well-lit without strong glares is best for feeling at peace.
  2. Colors and textures around those in memory care can affect how they feel. Soft, neutral colors make for a calm atmosphere, and avoiding too many contrasting colors prevents confusion and agitation. Adding soft textures can also stimulate their senses, making them feel more secure.
  3. Noise is often a challenge for people in memory care, as too much of it can lead to feeling overstimulated. Try using soft music, nature sounds, or white noise to embrace relaxation.
  4. Layouts of sensory-friendly spaces should be simple and easy to navigate. This means having fewer obstacles, clear and clutter-free areas for different activities, and aspects that make it recognizable. A thoughtful layout makes older adults feel more in control while also reducing the possibility of falls or injuries.

Now knowing what makes for a comfortable and effective sensory-friendly design, you can go the extra mile for a loved one by adding therapeutic and personalized touches.

Encouraging and helping loved ones personalize their sensory-friendly living space is the perfect way to create a familiar and worry-free environment. When residents can bring in cherished belongings, such as family photos, soft blankets, or favorite mementos, it adds a sense of love and care. Such personal aspects make their space feel more like home. They can also better their feelings of identity and self-worth.

Creating a memory box for a loved one to have in their sensory-friendly space is a heartfelt way for them to reminisce and feel connected. Fill the box with special items and memorabilia that hold a unique significance in their life, such as letters or objects tied to meaningful memories. This collection is like a source of comfort and can spark conversations. Even the touch of some items can ignite the senses and be a therapeutic tool that allows them to recall memories or stories.

The Pathways community gives residents a sense of stability, structure, and independence. Our dedication to incorporating comfortable, high-quality care for all unique needs ensures that your loved ones will always be in good hands. We work closely with all residents and their families to create care routines that contribute to overall health and happiness.

Discover more about our community and the positive impact of our personalized care today. Give us a call at 267-228-4690 or visit our contact page to schedule a tour.

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