Glebe Centre Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Snoezelen at The Glebe Centre

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By Susan Zorz – Director of Resident Services

Snoezelen is a specialized selection of sensory equipment and materials that help residents adapt their responses to sensory stimulation.  Each Snoezelen session is designed to meet the needs of the specific resident according to their needs and abilities. The blend of sights, sounds, textures, aromas, and motion provide stimulation of the primary sensory systems and may be modified to meet each participant’s sensory needs.  This program is designed to offer individuals with special needs the opportunity to exercise choice through action.

The Glebe Centre has a Snoezelen Room that provides a safe environment that bridge cognitive, perceptual, behavioral, and physical impairments, as well as other limiting conditions to provide a sense of empowerment.  Participation in Snoezelen has been shown to further benefit residents by allowing them to enjoy a wide range of sensory experiences that enhance relaxation and therapy goals.  Presently we have a number of residents participating in the program.  The criteria for admission to the program includes diagnosis of dementia, stroke or acquired brain injury, residents who are experiencing responsive behaviors such as wandering, verbal  aggression,  physical aggression, inappropriate social interactions (tension, depression, anxiety) and residents who are isolated and not able to connect with their environment.

We are currently looking for volunteers who have an interest in assisting recreation program staff facilitate this activity.  Volunteers should be sensitive to the many needs and abilities of the frail elderly, be able to escort residents to and from the program as well as offer support and encouragement during the program.  Time spent in the room is usually 30 minutes.  Education and training on the use of the equipment will be provided.              
For more information on volunteering please contact The Glebe Centre at 613-238-2727 ext. 353.  SNooze_art-image-Oct_2015.jpg