MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Mount Sinai Hospital Montreal is
proud to announce the opening of its Snoezelen room, with
state-of-the-art equipment for relaxation and sensory stimulation.
Developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s, the Snoezelen therapeutic
approach consists in using varied, interactive sensory experiences that
help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as stimulating patients in a
safe, non-threatening way.
In the new Snoezelen environment, people with anxiety disorders and
respiratory ailments as well as those in palliative care or with other
limiting conditions, such as patients in extended care, can also
benefit from a host of stimuli that encourage self-control and
autonomy, as well as helping them master their inhibitions and reduce
stress, in total freedom and separate from directed therapy.
The term "Snoezelen'" is a neologism formed from the Dutch "snuffelen"
(to seek out, to explore) and "doezelen" (to doze, to snooze), which
describes the feeling of relaxation it creates and the sensory
stimulation it provides.
"The activities they do in the Snoezelen room help patients experience a
moment of tranquility, induced by the use of gentle sensory
stimulation. All the senses are engaged, using sensory, visual,
acoustic and tactile elements," said Maria Stathatos of the Mount Sinai
The room also has a solar projector, columns of bubbles activated by the
patients, fibre-optic lights and an interactive wall panel. There is
has a sound system that plays appropriate music, and a special chair
where patients can experience vestibular stimulation.
Varied multisensory stimulation needs
Mount Sinai serves a diverse pool of patients, and the Snoezelen room
can be adapted to their specific needs. "It is useful for patients
coping with respiratory disorders, helping them better manage the
anxiety and depression that often accompany these diseases," added Ms.
Patients admitted to palliative care can also use the room to better
manage their anxiety, depression and pain. Chronic-care patients with
dementia can also benefit from the Snoezelen experience, which
contributes to stimulating the senses and breaking through their
isolation so that communication can be re-established.
About Mount Sinai Hospital Montreal
Since it was established in 1909, Mount Sinai has always been synonymous
with excellence. Today, the hospital is a state-of-the-art institution,
specializing in short-term respiratory care, palliative care and
long-term care, accredited by Accreditation Canada with the designation
"Exemplary Standing." Mount Sinai is a 107-bed, McGill
University-affiliated hospital where innovative and outpatient services
play an increasingly key role.
At Mount Sinai Hospital Montreal, it's not just about what we do, it's
how we do it. We take a global approach to health care that considers
the patients' needs and their environment. We do more than treat
patients: we care for people.
For more information, please visit www.sinaimontreal.ca.
SOURCE: Mount Sinai Hospital
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