Below is an article that was printed in the King’s Grant Retirement Community newsletter. The article mentions Linda, who helped develop King’s Grant’s new Multi-Sensory room, and helped train the staff there!
KG Gets Multi-Sensory Room
Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Craig Dietrich, King’s Grant has added a Snoezelen multi-sensory room to its campus. Dietrich, a long-time member of King’s Grant’s Regional Council and a member of the Sunnyside Corporate Board, experienced the multi-sensory room at Sunnyside Community while attending a meeting. He felt that the residents of King’s Grant and their families needed this same expanded opportunity while dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Multi-sensory rooms utilizing the Snoezelen approach reduce anxiety and promote feelings of well-being. Snoezelen, a non-directive therapy, can be stage to provide a multi-sensory experience or single sensory focus, simply by adapting the lighting, atmosphere, sounds, and textures to the specific needs of the resident. Each participant is introduced to this experience through careful planning and arrangement of stimulation. There is no formal focus on therapeutic outcome. The focus is to assist users in gaining the maximum pleasure from the activity in which they and the staff are involved.
To develop its multi-sensory room and train its staff, King’s Grant joined forces with the leading expert in multi0sensory environments in the United States, Linda Messbauer. A recognized international trainer and founding member of the American Association of Multi-Sensory Environments, Messbauer’s involvement and the determination of the staff played an important role in making the multi-sensory room a reality.