What is a sensory stimulation (snoezelen) room and how can it help someone with Alzheimer's or dementia?

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A Snoezelen room is a sensory stimulation room that can be found in specific Assisted Living communities that specialize in Memory Care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. A Snoezelen Room is a therapeutic environment that's meant to provide stimuli for those struggling with cognitive impairment. 

Often, these rooms feature visual stimuli including optical illusions and lighting effects. Physical stimuli include different textures, aromas, and sounds that are meant to leave residents with a sense of calm. Residents who are feeling overwhelmed or agitated are often encouraged to visit this room by community staff. Not every Memory Care community has this type of room, so you will want to ask about it on your community tour to be sure. 
With a free account on Seniorly, you can search for Memory Care communities in your preferred area. In addition, you can call us directly to speak to one of our Family Coordinators, who can help you understand what is offered by specific communities. Our on-staff Gerontologist is also available to provide a free care consultation to your family. So feel free to reach out with whatever questions and concerns you may have. We're here to help! 
The Seniorly Team


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David Young is a writer based out of San Francisco. In addition to elder care, his work has covered topics as varied as local news and journalism, criticism, business, and short fiction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.


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