From touch to sound to lighting stimuli: The use of a SENsory room in an acute hoSpital setting to manage changE in behaviourS in people with dementia or delirium (The SENSES Study)

This project seeks to provide access for people with dementia and delirium who are in an acute hospital with a calming and therapeutic environment. The geriatric ward at Campbelltown hospital has set up a Sensory room where an individualised multisensory program can be conducted for patients with dementia or delirium. The room has various special equipment and supplies, such as lighting effects, moving objects, water columns, mediative music/sounds, scented oils and tactile surfaces. It is designed so people can use their senses such as sight, smell, hearing and touch, rather than problem solve or remember things. This pilot project aims to both, examine the feasibility and process of implementing a Sensory room and program in a geriatric acute ward at Campbelltown Hospital, as well as evaluate the immediate impact of the program on behaviour in patients with dementia or delirium. This is the first study evaluating the use of a Sensory room to improve behaviour in patients with dementia or delirium in an acute hospital setting in Australia. Findings from this study are expected to provide supporting information to future recommendations for use of Sensory rooms in other acute hospitals in Australia.


2017 Nursing and Midwifery Innovation Scholarship $14,986

Project Team:

Shepherd B (Campbelltown Hospital),Singh K (Campbelltown Hospital), Kirkham H (Campbelltown Hospital), Alchin C (Campbelltown Hospital), Breadner A (Campbelltown Hospital), Parker D (CANR), Chang E (Western Sydney University), Sousa MS (CANR).

Sensory Room

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