Using multi-sensory environments with older people with dementia


  • Kevin Hope MA (Gerontology) BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies RGN RMN Cert Ed RNT

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    1. Nurse Teacher/Lecturer in Nursing (Joint Appointment), School of Nursing Studies, The University of Manchester, Manchester, England
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Kevin Hope, School of Nursing Studies, Coupland Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, England.


This paper examines the utilization of multi-sensory rooms as an adjunct to the care of older people with dementia. Their evolution into the field of dementia care is explored and analysed. The degree to which the aims of therapy can be realized is addressed in terms of process issues experienced whilst utilizing the therapy in practice. These are initiation of therapy, transfer of patients, selection of patients and resources. On the basis of these findings recommendations are offered, the focus of which is the active promotion of such therapy within the remit of trained nursing staff.