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New Multi-Sensory Room for Dementia Residents at Orange Valley Balestier Care Centre

Singapore, 25 July 2019 - Residents and day care clients with dementia can now undergo therapy at a new multi-sensory room at Orange Valley Balestier Care Centre that will help promote better quality of life through cognitive and sensory stimulation. The multi-sensory room, specially designed for dementia care, will provide gentle stimulation of the senses -sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement in a controlled environment to suit the therapeutic needs of persons with dementia.

Multi-sensory room features

One of the key features in the room is the Wellness Nordic Rocking Chair by Ascension Group that combines music, tactile stimulation and rocking motion to offer users a calming multi-sensory experience. Research studies of rocking chairs have shown benefits in the form of a measurable increase in the well-being of people suffering from dementia with reduced levels of anxiety and depression. Mr Lee Fatt Leong, Managing Partner of Ascension International Pte Ltd, said: “The rocking motion of the chair and cuddling sensory touch offer an effective calming effect and a sense of security. The Wellness Nordic Chair combines nature's healing music composed by a Danish Composer commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease of Denmark, while the precision rocking cum vibrating motions are designed by Japanese engineers to calm people with anxiety, depression and irritability.“ 
 
Other features in the room include aromatherapy and fibre-optic lighting that create a soothing and visually stimulating environment. There is also an activity wall panel for residents to touch and feel different fabric textures such as cotton, denim, felt and nylon. The multi-sensory room is used to stimulate, relax, or energise, as a multi-sensory experience or single sensory focus, by adapting the lighting, atmosphere, sounds, and textures to the needs of the residents at the time of use. Ms Cassandra Lim, Vice President of Rehabilitation at Orange Valley Nursing Homes, said: “Through these sensory inputs, we can gradually enhance our residents' senses and allow them to cope better with stimulation in the environment. This form of rehabilitation and environment therapy can help decrease behavioural symptoms and promote improved self-dependency with increased concentration and attention span.”

 This multi-sensory room is used for the dementia-centric therapy for Orange Valley’s day care clients as well as for residents at Balestier Care Centre. 

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Photo 1 -The new Multi-Sensory Room at Orange Valley Balestier Care Centre adapts lighting, smell, sound, touch and movement to the needs of the client to relax, stimulate or energise, as a multi-sensory experience or single sensory focus.

Photo 2- Orange Valley Balestier Care Centre therapist introducing colour changing fiber optic strands to a resident to stimulate her vision and touch.

Photo 3 - The activity wall consisting of different colours and textures encourages clients to interact with the environment.
 
 
 
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For more information, please contact:


Cheryl Ng
Senior Manager 
Corporate and Business Development
Orange Valley Nursing Homes Pte Ltd
DID: 6499 4699 (Ext 831)  
Email: cherylng@orangevalley.sg 

Sherleen Ng
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1579  
Email: ngwts@sph.com.sg

About Orange Valley Nursing Homes

Orange Valley Nursing Homes Pte Ltd (OVNH) is one of Singapore’s leading eldercare service provider. With 5 nursing homes island wide and more than 900 beds, OVNH is dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare. Orange Valley Nursing Homes (OVNH), the nursing home arm of Invest Healthcare Pte Ltd, a leading Singapore eldercare service provider which also offers  a comprehensive range of care services such as home care, day care, rehabilitation, senior activity centers, provision of dietetic meals and sale of eldercare products.

Our nursing homes provide for all levels of specialised care, including long-term care, short-term and respite care, day care and speciality care, dementia and psychiatric care, geriatric care and rehabilitation care. We also cater to seniors with specific physical or psychological needs e.g. Alzheimer, Parkinson, Dementia, and rehabilitation.
 
For more information, please visit www.orangevalley.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd


Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.

On the property front, SPH owns approximately 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. SPH REIT also holds 85% equity stake in Figtree Grove, a freehold sub-regional shopping centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. SPH owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing a new commercial cum residential site, The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It also owns a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom.

It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore's largest private nursing home operator.

SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.

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