Garden Terrace turns Snoezelen room into a haunted house

Spooky Halloween idea sparks a high level of resident engagement

In the days leading up to Halloween, the life enrichment team at Garden Terrace turned the home’s Snoezelen room into a haunted house, and the idea sparked lots of interest from residents.

Team members at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home put some “frightening” decorations inside the Snoezelen room and included a fortune teller and palm reader as well.

There was also an activity called “spooky senses” that had people put their hands in a jar to feel “brains”, “eyes” and bags of “blood”. The “eyes” were olives and the “brains” were candy brains that were purchased at a dollar store. The “blood” was syrup.

Snoezelen rooms are special rooms designed to provide quiet environments and sensory stimulation. The Garden Terrace Snoezelen room contains a variety of sensory stimulating items, so it made the perfect haunted house.

Halloween is a favourite holiday for many people, and the haunted house garnered lots of interest from residents, says life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

The big success of the day, Rachael says, was the high level of resident engagement the haunted house created.

“Throughout the day there were about 20 residents who circled in and out,” she tells The OMNIway.

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