Westport Horace Nye Nursing Home officials are looking for donations for the residents of the Elizabethtown senior care facility.
The home will host a donation drive for the residents Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. until noon and again from 1 to 4 p.m. in the activity room. It will be run by members of the Horace Nye Home staff and members of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
County Board Chairman and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said his interest in doing a donation drive was sparked after he received a letter from one of the nursing home residents requesting items that are not generally funded by Essex County.
“This is a great opportunity for the Horace Nye Staff, Board of Supervisors and general public to provide some needs for our residents,” he said. “Providing these materials will assist our residents in enjoying some conveniences, which they may normally not have the resources for.”
The items will go to the creation of a Sensory (Snoezelen) Room, a multi-sensory stimulation room designed to support residents keep them calm and relaxed but also keep them stimulated and engaged, enhancing the quality of life for residents with advanced dementia and diminished cognitive function.
The staff created a wish list of items that are being sought by residents, which include: Lava lamps, LED lights , Bright colored pictures (i.e. bright flowers, sunsets, tropical scenes), shower puffs, Play Dough/Moon Sand/Silly Putty, black lights, nature sound CDs, sensory balls (textured or light up), LED rope lights — any color, sand toys, fur, CDs of upbeat ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s music, a small CD player, craft supplies (markers, acrylic paint for ceramics), Wii games, and an electric bingo caller.
“The Board of Supervisors asked us for a list of things that we needed,” Activities Director Candy Goff said. “This room is something that we have been trying to work on and get donations toward for a while, and we decided that this would be a good way to do it.”
Goff has seen Snoezelen Room at other facilities and is familiar with how they operate.
“I have seen it work for a number of individuals and have seen it have positive outcomes,” she said. “It is a multi-sensory room to help residents work on cognitive functions. It helps keep them stimulated and engaged, and also has a calming and relaxing effect.”
“They say that they have found it very helpful in working with people who have high levels of agitation. It becomes part of our therapeutic intervention,” Social Worker Rachel Tupper said.
For more information, call Goff at 873-3575.