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DHA Installed its First Multi-Sensory Stimulation Room in Dubai

SnoezelenThe Health Authority () introduced on Tuesday a new at Dubai’s sole centre for the elderly. This system contains glowing bubble tubes, projected images of calm oceans, soft colored lights and nature sounds.

This facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East named the (pronounced SNOO-ze-len) Room. The multi-sensory environment will ease agitation; reduce apathy commonly associated with ageing factors like hearing and vision impairment, memory loss, and reduced cognitive function in elderly patients.
According to Dr. Salwa Al Suwaidi, geriatrician and director of the centre, the multi-sensory stimulation room is based on the Snoezelen therapy which makes use of sights, sounds and smells.

She said, speaking to Gulf News “The therapy is favored in the West to help elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other related conditions. It is also used to help patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and speech therapy. The room complements occupational and physio therapies in providing long-term care”.

She mentioned that the room has being customized to suite Emirati taste. She added “Our Emirati clients choose traditional music and prefer historical and cultural images of the in the room”.

Mila Malunda, rehabilitation aide, who sees a minimum of 12 patients per day at the Snoezelen Room, told Gulf News “I provide hand and foot reflexology while patients benefit from the hydrotherapy massage bed.”

“The room is one of the tools to make the centre unique and equip it with state of the art equipment and therapies” said Dr. Ahmad Bin Kalban, CEO of primary healthcare at the DHA.

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