Lorusso, L., Bosch, S., Park, N.-K., Shorr, R., Conroy, M., Ahrentzen, S., & Freytes, M. (2022). Investigating the feasibility of multisensory environments to improve the assisted bathing experience for veterans with dementia: A clinical trial
While there is general support for using multisensory environments (MSE) as a therapeutic tool for improving patient outcomes, the feasibility of using MSE during bathing has not been studied. This study was undertaken in a bathing room that is representative of most found in long-term care settings within the Veterans Health Administration to understand the behavioral effects of MSE stimulus during bathing for Veterans with dementia. In general, the increase in positive behaviors and decrease in negative behaviors exhibited within this study supports a functional relationship between improved bathing responses and multisensory interventions.