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25 September 2019

What are the benefits of a Sensory Bathroom?

by Alexandra Hooson

For most people having a bath is an enjoyable and calming experience. However those with disabilities may find the whole bath time experience quite stressful. We want to help make baths relaxing for all.

This is where having a Sensory Bathroom can help…

A Sensory Bathroom is a fantastic way of providing a relaxingcalming environment throughout bath time. Using music, colour changing lights and interactive sensory resources it can become more enjoyable than ever.

Rhino UK’s Sensory Bathrooms can help to relax muscle, reduce pain and anxiety. They are of particular value to dementia sufferers who can sometimes find bath time disturbing and stressful, as they regain control of their surroundings which can help reduce tension and anxiety.

Here is a drawing of a Sensory Bathroom we have recently designed and installed…

One of the key elements of a sensory bathroom is the sensory projector as they provide relaxing imagery as a great distraction for those who feel anxious during bath time, whilst also helping to develop a range of skills including tracking, cause and effect and colour recognition.

Our projectors come with a sensory wheel rotator so the images move around and, the projection wheels themselves can be of a chosen theme or individualised to the user choice. The projection can be onto the wall, floor, ceiling or one of my favourites directly into the bath, so the water gives you the illusion that the fishes are in there with you for example.

Adding an interactive element is also a good idea, as then the user feels in control of their surroundings. We have added an Interactive Bubble Wall into this room. The Bubble Wall creates an immense wall of bubbling water complete with LED technology that also provides stunningly intense colour. The interactive elements enables the user to select the colour of the Bubble Wall by either a wireless control box or buttons on the front of the panel, or if left the bubble wall will go through the colour spectrum on its own.

This sensory bathroom also has a Fibre Optic Curtain which gives a stunning effect of a showering wall of glistening colour. The curtain adds another mesmerising feature to the room for the user to gaze into and find calming and visually stimulating.

Also included in the room is a sound system. Sensory audio products such as speakers and amplifiers can be a great addition to any sensory bathroom. If used correctly, sensory music can create atmosphere- which is all so important in creating a feeling of safety and tranquillity.

Another idea for a Sensory Bathroom is to add mood lighting. Sensory mood lighting has been used in various studies with researchers unanimously agreeing that, when used correctly various colours of light can positively influence people’s mood, attitude and stimulating and balancing the sensory system, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

We also offer a range of Hoist Systems to help users manoeuvre around the bathroom, making it more comfortable and accessible.


To find out more about Sensory Bathrooms and how they could benefit you please get in touch with the Rhino Sensory team. Email: or call 01270 766660.