Hospice For Utah is committed to providing our patients with those therapies that benefit them most. We were recently featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and on KUTV 2 for using Snoezelen therapy to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. We are the first hospice in Utah to use this sensory therapy to calm, soothe, and bring joy to patients with memory deficits.
What is Snoezlen?
During Snoezelen therapy, people with disabilities or other limiting conditions enjoy gentle stimulation of the primary senses in a safe and non-threatening environment. The therapy is strictly sensory, and there is no need for intellectual reasoning. Participants experience self-control, autonomous discovery, and exploration-achievements that overcome inhibitions, enhance self-esteem, and reduce tension. Free from the expectations of others, and away from the pressures of directed care, Participants can recuperate and relax.
Though Snoezelen is not a treatment or cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can help calm and soothe a patient, with no pain and no side effects. Research has shown that multi-sensory stimulation offers a wealth of benefits, often affording the participant and caregiver an opportunity to improve communications, enhance their understanding of each other, and build trust in their relationship. Snoezelen helps reconnect dementia patients to the world they left behind. What’s most important is the positive results we have seen in patients who participate in Snoezelen therapy.
If you are interested in learning more about Snoezelen, visit this website.