New sensory room debuts at Mercy Living Center
TUPPER LAKE – Mercy Living Center staff celebrated the official opening of the long-term care center’s new sensory room on Friday, Nov. 3.
“We are excited to bring this resource to Mercy Living Center,” said Madaline Toliver, Mercy’s administrator. “Our team is always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to enhance our residents’ quality of life, and the sensory room is a great resource to have at our disposal.”
In the new sensory room, staff can help individuals with the diagnoses of dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease, or individuals with low cognitive functioning, de-escalate in times of distress. A staff member will re-direct the individual’s mood by stimulating or calming all five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.
Sensory rooms, which were pioneered by Dutch scientists in the 1970s, have more recently become popular in long-term care settings throughout North America.
To learn more, visit adirondackhealth.org. To arrange a personal tour of Mercy Living Center, please contact Director of Admissions Christi Kenniston at 518-359-8851.