Our Supported Living team has done an amazing job turning a spare room into a multi-sensory space for one of the people we support to relax in and explore.
In just over two months the support team has transformed the room in Imogen’s home, giving it an ‘under the sea’ feel. It’s a place where she can unwind and enjoy different sensations, depending on how she’s feeling.
A tactile wall with many different materials and objects for Imogen to touch and explore, was added by support worker Colette along with a sequinned mermaid board. Kali from the support team painted the underwater imagery and knitted some of the wall hanging decorations.
A reflection wall allows Imogen to look at her own reflection, which makes her very happy. While the light wall, lit by lovely twinkling lights including drop fairy lights and an LED bubble tube, is a great feature.
There is a sensory feedback wall, including bags filled with different materials, objects and odours. There are also different activities, skill-building tasks and books too.
An ocean wave projector really helps set that calming seaside feel and it connects to play sensory therapy relaxation music too.
Lastly, a heavy duty hammock or swing supports and hugs Imogen. It’s a great place for her to sit, feel safe and get comfortable while she watches the waves.
Abigail, who manages Imogen’s support team, said:
“Imogen will benefit a lot from her sensory room. It is completely person-centred and we know what level of stimulation Imogen needs if she becomes anxious.
“Imogen’s anxieties were becoming more frequent, staff knew that they needed to create a more calming environment for her, along with stimulation and sensory feedback. Also, Imogen will benefit from doing tasks and activities while in her sensory room because she is in a relaxed environment, engaging more and concentrating on communication and skill building.”
As you can see from our video, Imogen is really enjoying spending time in her sensory room with her support staff, who have noticed her becoming calmer and more relaxed whenever she is in there.