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19 August 2019

Brighten up your Hospital with Sensory Equipment

by Alexandra Hooson

Hospitals can be a very overwhelming environment and sometimes can feel very bleak and clinical. Therefore have you thought about incorporating more sensory equipment into your hospital? Sensory resources can make such a positive impact on the patients, workers and visitors making it a more pleasurable place to be.

Some people believe when we talk about sensory equipment that you need a full spare room or a large space to build a multi-sensory room, but this is not necessarily true. You can create a sensory environment in a corner of a room, in a waiting room, such as a wall of a corridor or use portable sensory equipment which can be used across multiple rooms and hospital departments.

Rhino Sensory UK work with hospitals all over the UK to create these sensory environments and therefore wanted to give you a little bit of inspiration on what can be achieved:

Sensory for hospital waiting rooms

Sitting in a waiting room of a hospital can be a very daunting experience, whether you are the patient or a loved one of a patient with hundreds of thoughts going through your head of what may happen next. This is where sensory equipment can play such an important part and help to calm nerves and distract from treatment they may be facing.

Sensory Corner

You can create a sensory corner within a waiting room where users can go and sit and interact with the sensory equipment. Such items that may be included in this corner are:

  • A bubble or hurricane column sat within a padded podium
  • Bead Tables for children to sit and have fun making patterns
  • Bubble Playtouch LED which is an attractive digital interactive game, that is mounted to the wall and homes a selection of educational games
  • An interactive projection system- Omi Vista Fixed– it is installed into the ceiling and projects onto any floor or surface, providing 100’s of educational applications for the user to interactive with. Nothing to clean and all components are out of reach.

The most important thing to remember when creating a sensory corner in a waiting room is to make sure all of the sensory items are fixed with most of these areas being open to the public and, they are infection control friendly as a lot of germy fingers will be in contact with the sensory items, and hard-wearing for the high use they will have.

Sensory Ceilings

Having a Sensory ceiling like our LED Sky Ceilings is a fantastic way to brighten up a clinical reception / waiting area and treatment rooms within a hospital to cheer up staff, patients and visitors. This really is a mood changer and can encourage relaxation within healthcare or treatment procedures.


Sensory on the walls of Hospital Corridors

Putting sensory equipment on the walls of corridors is another great way to utilise space and to create a friendlier environment.Interactive wall panels or bead frames are a perfect sensory solution for this and can provide hours of educational fun with different activities and sensory stimulation to help to calm and aid distraction.

Sensory for Treatment Rooms

Being awake throughout a medical procedure can be very scary for a patient, so trying to make the room as comfortable as possible is very important. Incorporating sensory into this mix can help to distract the patient from what is happening to them and can also help with keeping their pain under control.

Sensory items that could be used with a treatment room are:

  • Projection onto a wall- to mesmerise the patient whilst they watch the projection wheel move around displaying different colours and themes
  • Fibre Optic Tails draped over the patient for them to play with and be drawn in and fascinated by the changing sparkly colours
  • Fibre Optic Ceiling to gaze into the stars and take the patient into another world
  • Fidgets and Sensory Therapy Balls for the patient to grasp onto and fiddle with to take their discomfort out on and distracting them

Always remember all sensory equipment needs to be infection control friendly.

Sensory for the wards

It is very difficult and expensive to have sensory equipment on every ward of a hospital and therefore this is when portable sensory equipment can prove very popular within hospitals.

Rhino UK’s Sensory Voyager is perfect for this as it is a sensory experience on wheels. It has a bubble/hurricane tube, fibre optics, a sensory projector and much more. It can be switched on by simply plugging it into a single plug socket and easily folds away for wheeling down corridors and through doorways to other locations.

The Sensory Voyager can turn a clinical ward into a magical sensory experience at the click of a switch, uplifting the patients overall mood and state of mind.

Multi-Sensory Rooms

Some hospitals are fortunate enough to be able to have a full sensory room within their establishment.

Sensory rooms can be adapted to suit specific needs and age groups. Rhino Sensory UK design and install sensory rooms to be used as a therapy room to encourage and help patients through their treatment journey, sensory stimulation for development and rehabilitation, or simply as a calm space to help relaxation and social interaction.

It very much depends on the purpose of the sensory room to what sensory equipment is best suited within the room and Rhino UK can advise on this, as we deliver bespoke designs and installations of sensory rooms and environments.

All Sensory Rooms and Sensory Equipment is designed with infection control at the forefront of our minds when supplying to hospitals.

As you can see there is such a wide variety of sensory ideas that can be implemented into a hospital space, giving sensory solutions for all types of budgets and sensory needs.

 If you feel you would like to find out more please contact our Rhino team and we are happy to help.

For our recommended sensory resources for hospitals simply click here to download our Sensory in Hospitals Brochure.