A SENSORY room has been installed at a Dalton care home to help its elderly residents feel calmer.
Anchor’s Tolson Grange, on Greenhead Lane, has opened the room to help dementia patients remember times before their illnesses took hold.
The room has been decorated with pastel colours and uses light-reflecting equipment and calming sounds. It also includes lighting such as sky-light projectors, relaxer bubble tubes and sensory cushions.
Paula Brownhill, business manager, said: “Some residents with dementia usually find it difficult to communicate and are frightened as they are in a confused world. A sensory room will enable them to relax in a calming environment.
“It will help the residents remember when they didn't have dementia so they will feel more comfortable and calmer. “As the population gets older, more people will be living with dementia so we decided to open a dementia sensory room and hair salon.
Staff are receiving advanced dementia training.