Residents and day care clients at Orange Valley Balestier Care Centre can now undergo therapy at a new multi-sensory room that will help promote better quality of life through cognitive and sensory stimulation.
The multi-sensory room, specially designed for dementia care, will provide gentle stimulation of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement in a controlled environment to suit the therapeutic needs of Persons with dementia.
There are many functions within the room and each component has the ability to create a unique experience for every individual.
The Wellness Nordic Rocking Chair, by Ascension Group, is one of the key elements in this room that combines music, tactile stimulation and rocking motion to offer the calming multi-sensory experience.
Research studies of rocking chairs show measurable increase in the well-being of people suffering from dementia, reducing their anxiety and depression.
“The rocking motion and cuddling sensory touch offers an effective calming effect by engendering a greater sense of security feeling and calmness,” says Lee Fatt Leong Managing Partner of Ascension International Pte Ltd.
“The Wellness Nordic Chair combines nature’s healing music composed by a Danish Composer commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease of Denmark with the precision rocking cum vibrating motions designed by the Japanese Engineers specially invented to calm people with anxiety, depression and irritation.“ he adds.
Other equipment in the multi-sensory room includes aromatherapy and fibre-optic light spread that create a soothing and stimulating environment. There is also an activity wall panel that allows residents to touch and feel against different fabrics such as cotton, denim, felt and nylon.
The multi-sensory room is used to stimulate, relax, or energize, as a multi-sensory experience or single sensory focus, by adapting the lighting, atmosphere, sounds, and textures to the needs of the resident at the time of use.
Ms Cassandra Lim, Vice President of Rehabilitation at Orange Valley Nursing Homes, said: “Through these sensory inputs, we can gradually enhance our resident’s senses and allow them to cope better with stimulations in the environment. This form of rehabilitation and environment therapy can help decrease behavioural symptoms and promote improved self-dependency with increased concentration and attention span.”
Multi-Sensory room is part of the optional dementia centric therapy for Orange Valley’s day care clients as well as for residents at Balestier Care Centre.