Caring for dementia at The Hamptons, Lancashire: the wonder of sensory stimulation
17 January 2019
In the UK Dementia affects about 2 in 100 people aged between 65 and 69, which rises to 1 in 5 for those aged between 85 to 89, and because of the common characteristics of the condition, personalised and dedicated care is vital. As technological capabilities advance and the ground-breaking discoveries made in dementia and care research increase, specialist dementia care is becoming more advanced and effective, especially in the world of sensory stimulation.
What is Sensory Stimulation?
Sensory stimulation is a therapeutic activity approach to caring for people living with dementia, and although the effects of dementia cannot be reversed, by using objects and technology that stimulate the 5 senses it can help ease the symptoms and side effects making it easier to live with.
“Research is finding that sensory stimulation can help trigger feelings, emotions, memories and even connections between the individual and their past, no matter what stage of dementia they might be in. Not only can this significantly help improve the everyday lives of people living with dementia, but it can help increase their self-esteem, improve their mood and decrease their risks of depression.”
– Dawn Collett, Commissioning Director of New Care –
Expert dementia care at The Hamptons, Lytham St Annes
Sensory stimulation and stimulating activities are one of the main focuses of the bespoke care plans created for residents living with Dementia at The Hamptons, a luxury nursing and residential care home in Lancashire.
Dementia causes a progressive decline in multiple areas of function including memory, communication skills and the ability to carry out daily activities. The Hamptons care facility has been purpose built with the latest technology and materials in sensory stimulation so that every care plan and changing need can be accommodated and residents living with dementia can be expertly cared for.
Creating a sensory stimulating environment
- There is subtle zoning and signposting to help residents find their way around the care home easily – this creates a familiar environment that can trigger memories
- The colour palettes used are calming in nature – this reduces the anxiety and stress that often arises due to the decline in the ability to function
- The communal areas and corridors use stylish themes which have been found to stimulate memories and conversation
- Each bedroom at The Hamptons is identified by both the name of the resident, and a memory box, which can accommodate pictures and other specific objects which are meaningful to the individual – this can also help to trigger memories and feelings of joy and happiness
As an addition to the stimulating décor and design of the luxury care home, The Hamptons has also installed “Tovertafel” or “Magic Table.” This advance in sensory stimulation technology is an interactive projector that has been programmed with activities designed to stimulate individuals living with dementia both physically and cognitively, as well as encourage social interactivity and conversation.
The technology of Tovertafel stimulates the user with sounds, colours, lights and physical and cognitive games, all while triggering feelings of fun and enjoyment. It also creates an opportunity for individuals living with dementia to interact with their family and loved ones, and those shared experiences and memories can help bring people back to a time that they remember fondly, which can help them feel meaningful and connected again.
If you or a loved one are interested in finding out more about the excellent nursing, residential and specialist care The Hamptons in Lancashire provides, get in touch with our friendly team to arrange your personal viewing.