The paper describes the early outcomes of a multi-sensory room project conducted in an Italian long-term care home to study non-pharmacological therapeutic protocols to stimulate and maintain residual abilities of dementia affected patients. This includes setting, technological solutions, therapeutic protocols and pilot testing. In a nursing home clinical cases and therapeutic practices have been studied before designing the multi-sensory environment enhanced with ambient intelligence technologies. Aim is to obtain an optimal level of stimulation of dementia affected patients through engagement, active participation and intrinsic motivation in a therapeutic (leisure) activity, and favouring the emergence of personal meanings (memories, interpretations, narratives). The outcome of this pilot includes a blended therapeutic model with controlled stimuli, adapted to the patient’s stage of dementia. Therapeutic significance is discussed, as well as design opportunities for future development.

Marti, P., Lund, H.H., Bacigalupo, M., Giusti, L., & Mennecozzi, C. (2007). A Multi-sensory Environment for the treatment of Dementia Affected Subjects. GERONTECHNOLOGY, 6(1), 33-41.

A Multi-sensory Environment for the treatment of Dementia Affected Subjects

MARTI, PATRIZIA;
2007

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The paper describes the early outcomes of a multi-sensory room project conducted in an Italian long-term care home to study non-pharmacological therapeutic protocols to stimulate and maintain residual abilities of dementia affected patients. This includes setting, technological solutions, therapeutic protocols and pilot testing. In a nursing home clinical cases and therapeutic practices have been studied before designing the multi-sensory environment enhanced with ambient intelligence technologies. Aim is to obtain an optimal level of stimulation of dementia affected patients through engagement, active participation and intrinsic motivation in a therapeutic (leisure) activity, and favouring the emergence of personal meanings (memories, interpretations, narratives). The outcome of this pilot includes a blended therapeutic model with controlled stimuli, adapted to the patient’s stage of dementia. Therapeutic significance is discussed, as well as design opportunities for future development.
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