For people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, their senses – touch, sound, smell and sight – can help them reconnect with their environment.
What is Snoezelen?
Snoezelen is a type of therapy that utilizes light, sound and music, touch, and scent, to initiate sensory stimulations in the brain. The idea of a Snoezelen room is to utilize both relaxing and activating efforts to promote well-being.
Also known as a multi-sensory stimulation room, these rooms have been shown to promote feelings of calmness and relaxation, especially with residents who are experiencing late-stage dementia, those who wander, and individuals who experience sundowning or agitation.
Why do we offer Snoezelen?
Lincoln Village Senior Living opened its Snoezelen room to create moments of smiles and happiness by enhancing interactions. Snoezelen rooms can help the unknown feel more familiar by incorporating the body’s five senses, which we can all relate to. This sense of awareness allows for a more relaxed state of mind and an increased awareness of their surroundings. With this alternative treatment approach, our residents are often able to react better to their external environment.
Benefits of Snoezelen
- Calming environment
- Promotes a sense of self
- Meanfigul recreation
- Increases quality of life
- Can be shared with loved ones
- Increases communication through eye contact and other engaging motions
- Can reduce medication usage
Lincoln Village Senior Living Snoezelen Testimonial
“The Snoezelen Room at Lincoln Village is a sensory desensitization room unlike any room I have seen at other communities. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias often experience overstimulation as a result of their condition. This overstimulation can lead to problematic behaviors and agitation. The Snoezelen room can be used by any staff member, including therapists, to help calm people diagnosed with dementia. This, in turn, will reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors and agitation, and improve the person’s overall quality of life.“
– Tory Kehoe, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist, Lessila Therapy – Brookfield, WI