For most of us, safety can be found inside our home, spending time with our family. But for so many of our wounded heroes, psychological injuries are so paramount that a state of relaxation and feelings of comfort are hard to achieve.
But a new multi-sensory room has officially been opened at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, which will be pivotal in recovery for those with psychological, and even physical, injuries.
Bubble tubes, sound system, fibre optic lights, a film wall with high definition projection, vibrating bean bags, rocking chair and a fibre optic carpet are all in place in the new sensory room. It will be used by the Help for Heroes Occupational Therapist to help our wounded heroes develop relaxation and coping strategies, as well as educating them on how they can manage their sensory environment to improve their wellbeing.
Occupational Therapy at Tedworth House focuses mainly on assisting residents with their self-care needs, specifically with managing their sleep. This is done through sleep hygiene psycho-education group sessions and use of the new multi-sensory room. The room offers visual, auditory and touch stimuli to ensure a relaxed frame of mind can be reached.
Rosie Curtis, Occupational Therapist at Tedworth House, said: “The sensory room provides a haven of tranquillity for our residents. Some of our wounded, injured and sick are recovering from life changing psychological and physical injuries, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“A sensory room is proven to help improve relaxation, sleep and even pain management. For most of us, safety can be found inside our home, spending time with our family. But for so many of our wounded heroes, psychological injuries are so paramount that a state of relaxation and feelings of comfort are hard to achieve. Not only do you have to be physically safe, but also safe from your own brain and thoughts and the sensory room can offer an oasis of relaxation.
“Through working with the residents as an Occupational Therapist, I help them identify their ideal sensory environment which supports them hugely as they begin on their road to recovery. With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, more and more members of our Armed Forces will come forward with psychological injuries and this sensory room is well placed to assist our heroes with the new challenges they face.”
Help for Heroes wishes to thank LABC (Local Authority Building Control) for their kind generosity in donating the funds for the sensory room.