Snoezelen Therapy

Engaging the Senses

Iris Memory Care is the first senior living community in Oklahoma to offer state-of-the-art Snoezelen® therapy, a multi-sensory approach designed to stimulate the mind, increase awareness, and improve mood and cognition.

Seek, Explore, and Relax

The term “Snoezelen,” pronounced SNOOZ-eh-len, is a blend of the Dutch words “snuffelen,” which means to seek and explore, and “doezelen,” which means to relax.

Snoezelen therapy was created by two Dutch therapists looking for an effective way to spark engagement and enhance mood among people with cognitive challenges. By combining soothing sounds, tactile experiences, light effects, and other elements, Snoezelen provides a way to explore and enjoy different sensations.

Snoezelen for Dementia

As memory loss progresses, your loved one may become less able to participate in favorite pastimes. Without regular recreational or leisure activities to occupy their minds and bodies, people with dementia can become bored, isolated, irritated, and frustrated. Snoezelen satisfies our human need for sensory stimulation by providing tactile, visual, and auditory elements that enhance awareness due to the simplicity of each observation and interaction.

Our Snoezelen Cart

Snoezelen multi-sensory environments can take many forms, from large rooms to compact solutions. At Iris Memory Care, we use a portable cart to give our caregivers the flexibility to go wherever our residents go. From captivating bubble tubes to soothing fiberoptic lighting strands that slowly change color, our Snoezelen cart lifts residents’ spirits and has calming benefits to combat the signs of “sundowning,” a state of agitation and confusion that tends to increase toward the end of the day.