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THERAPEUTIC ENVIRONMENTS

The environment plays a very important role in the quality of life of residents and patients in health-care facilities. We must remember that all elements in an environment should be used as therapeutic modalities. The environment is made up of people, furniture, décor, plants, animals, and equipment.

Benefits of a Therapeutic Environment

Increased Decreased
Quality of life Pain
Appetite Agitation
Independence Depression
Self-Esteem Falls
Activity Status Chemical Restraints
Responses Physical Restraints


 


Environmental Considerations


Promote quality of life, dignity, privacy, autonomy
Appropriate lighting, ventilation, sound levels, temperature
Adequate furnishings and space
Adequate supplies and equipment
Homelike, personalized environment
Accepting and positive atmosphere
Ask residents their opinion

 

Sample Therapeutic Environments

Home Environments or Neighborhoods
Personalized Environments
SNOEZELEN or Multi-Sensory Environments
Eden Alternative™
Reminiscence Environments

 

More information on multi-sensory environments here.


 

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