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Multisensory environments for leisure: promoting well-being in nursing home residents with dementia

Cox, Helen, Burns, Ian and Savage, Sally 2004, Multisensory environments for leisure: promoting well-being in nursing home residents with dementia, Journal of gerontological nursing, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 37-45.

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Title Multisensory environments for leisure: promoting well-being in nursing home residents with dementia
Author(s) Cox, Helen
Burns, Ian
Savage, Sally
Journal name Journal of gerontological nursing
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 37
End page 45
Publisher Slack Inc
Place of publication Thorofare, N. J.
Publication date 2004-02
ISSN 0098-9134
1938-243X
Summary Multisensory environments such as Snoezelen® rooms are becoming increasingly popular in health care facilities for older individuals. There is limited reliable evidence of the benefits of such innovations, and the effect they have on residents, caregivers, and visitors in these facilities. This two-stage project examined how effective two types of multisensory environments were in improving the well-being of older individuals with dementia. The two multisensory environments were a Snoezelen room and a landscaped garden. These environments were compared to the experience of the normal living environment. The observed response of 24 residents with dementia in a nursing home was measured during time spent in the Snoezelen room, in the garden, and in the living room. In the second part of the project, face-to-face interviews were conducted with six caregivers and six visitors to obtain their responses to the multisensory environments. These interviews identified the components of the environments most used and enjoyed by residents and the ways in which they could be improved to maximize well-being.
Language eng
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Slack Inc
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002512

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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