How to Make a Sensory Room for People Living with Dementia


Key Questions: How can the needs of people living with dementia be accommodated to support their health and sense of wellbeing? What are these needs in regard to multi-sensory stimulation?
This guide addresses the different components to consider when designing a multi-sensory room for individuals living with Dementia. The guide has been developed on the basis of a research study carried out in sixteen care homes in South England in 2013.
This guide offers advice on best practice regarding the engagement of residents living with dementia in daily activities that support their health and sense of wellbeing. Our aim is to equip carers, care workers and staff in care homes with ideas and materials in order to provide multisensory spaces and stimulation appropriate for people living with dementia (in particular mid and late stages). We also offer guidance on the design of sensory spaces to meet the specific needs and preferences of individuals, their families and care homes. 


  • Introduction 
  • People with dementia and their needs 
  • What is multi sensory stimulation?
  • The benefits of a Sensory Room in dementia care 
  • What care practitioners have said 
  • How to make a Sensory Room for people with dementia - Design Advice
  • Further useful information
  • References, picture credits and acknowledgments
Contact Person/Organization: 

Dr. Anke Jakob, Kingston University London & Dr. Lesley Collier, University of Southampton

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Multi-Sensory Environment

Grand River Hospital's new multi-sensory environment room