Noise-cancelling headphones, iPods, fitness equipment and art supplies are among a long list of items Wishlist have funded for the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Nambour Hospital, to improve the sensory room for patients.
The equipment will encourage patients to use the sensory room as a space for respite, de-escalation and time out.
“The items such as weighted modalities and tactile objects have been extremely helpful for incorporating as part of our group program.
“I have no doubt that, as staff get used to using the new equipment, our consumers will continue to benefit and feel more comfortable on our challenging ward.
“It’s nice to see patients coming to these spaces and requesting alternatives to medications. Many have commented that the space is very helpful and appreciated, said Natasha.”
The sensory room initiative is one of several mental health programs supported by Wishlist. More than $1400 has been approved to purchase drums and other rhythmic instruments for Mental Health Units at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Nambour Hospital, to assist with anxiety and emotional control.