Dealing with treatment and environment
People with dementia can experience new treatments or a 'forced' move from their own home into a nursing home as stressful and confusing. There are effective interventions that aim to support people in coping with the different types of treatments they may have to face, like occupational therapy or guided activities, or help to cope them with their new living environment after being admitted to long-term care.
This therapy provides stimulation via the senses of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste and is usually carried out in a dedicated room. The aim of sensory stimulation is to create a feeling of safety and stimulation, where the person with dementia is in control. 'Snoezelen' is a well-known type of sensory stimulation.