How does the Snoezelen room help the elderly?
In Western countries, Snoezelen sensory rooms are also often used in homes for the elderly and infirm.
For elderly people who have suffered a stroke, suffer from chronic pain or dementia, the experience gained in the Snoezelen sensory room can facilitate memory, concentration, communication and interaction with the people around them, increase their self-confidence and enjoyment of everyday life, and thus raise their quality of life. .
Snoezelen sensory room and dementia
Recent research shows that the Snoezelen sensory room has the potential to reduce feelings of restlessness and improve mood in people with dementia; the effectiveness is visible in the improvement of the results of occupational therapy, easier coping with the perception of pain and increased involvement and social interaction, which positively affects the quality of life and care of the user.
In the Snoezelen sensory rooms, people with dementia can explore and stimulate all their senses in a safe environment. In them, people can be calmed down or stimulated, depending on their needs. Combinations of light, movement, music and tactile objects can stimulate a sense of comfort and well-being, relieve stress and pain, and increase a person's concentration. All of the above can facilitate memory and communication for people with dementia. There is also the possibility of individualizing the Snoezelen sensory room in such a way that it is enriched with familiar objects from everyday life, interesting smells and textures, natural materials, sounds and visual stimuli.