Sensory equipment installed in Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home will enhance quality of life

Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home recently launched their high tech Interactive and Sensory Equipment, an addition which will enhance the quality of life of the clients in Blackrock Abbey Sheelagh Unit

Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home recently launched their high tech Interactive and Sensory Equipment, an addition which will enhance the quality of life of the clients in Blackrock Abbey Sheelagh Unit

Blackrock Abbey Nursing home is a 60 bedded residential unit and is part of the Talbot Group, an organisation that provides specialist residential and day care services for elderly, intellectual disability and brain injury clients. Their mission is to provide a home-like environment in which a person can function as independently as possible.

A spokesperson for the home said,

“A proposal was made by the Multidisciplinary Team based on the clients’ sensory and interaction needs and the Omi Vista Interactive Floor system was identified as the most appropriate additional resource. This Interactive Floor is also called a ‘moving floor’ and is a gesture-controlled system that responds to the smallest movement thus enabling all clients to easily interact and generate sound and visual experiences such as music, ripples on water, bubbles bursting, and 300 other interactive templates’.

“The Interactive Floor is suitable for all clients including those whose ability to independently interact with the environment is reduced due to their physical limitations. The system is easy to operate and all staff has been trained in its use. Research has indicated that this Interactive Floor provides sensory learning experiences, enhances motivation and engagement, and reduces behavioural issues.

“At Blackrock Abbey Sheelagh Unit we strive to provide a high quality person-centred service. The unit was named Sheelagh after a former staff nurse. “Through our Multidisciplinary Team of Health Care Assistants, Nursing staff, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry and Speech-Language Therapy we address the holistic needs of our clients. Most of the clients in Blackrock Abbey Sheelagh Unit have significant intellectual and physical disabilities.

“These clients require sensory stimulation to help them learn about the world around them and to develop their attention to tasks”.