Sensory stimulation activities provide opportunities for engagement and to reduce responsive behaviours of individuals with dementia. By utilizing familiar objects and exploring the five senses (e.g. sight, taste, smell, hearing and touch) clinicians can promote positive mood and encourage memories in people with dementia. This can occur in various settings at Ontario Shores, both in a group format and individually, using sensory tools and games, such as sensory bingo, sound bingo, and weighted blankets.
Snoezelen (Sensory Room)
The snoezelen is a multisensory environment which aims for a pleasurable sensory experience to promote relaxation and sense of wellbeing. The room has lights, aromatherapy, sounds, tactile surfaces and objects which individuals can choose to interact with within a controlled sensory stimulating environment. Snoezelen has proven positive effects on individuals with dementia, not only linking with stimulation and relaxation, but also helping them to decrease their responsive behaviours such as wandering, yelling out, agitation, and aggression.