Sensory Boxes


We know that everyone experiences the world through their senses.

Sensory function refers to the ability to process information from the outside world through five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. These preferences emerge according to experiences starting at birth.

The sensory function of older people does decline as they age and this can impact on their sense of wellbeing and diminish their ability to communicate. We all appreciate how very frustrating this can be for all concerned.

Sensory Stimulation for Dementia Care

Multi-sensory stimulation is becoming increasingly popular in care settings and our own wellbeing centres based on the impressive results of numerous research studies into its effectiveness.

Sensory activities contribute to the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of people living with dementia. These activities can be non-verbal; thereby crossing any potential cultural boundaries.

What is a Sensory or Twiddle Box?

Twiddle, rummage, memory or sensory boxes are containers filled with everyday objects to help those living with dementia to interact, communicate and reminisce. These activities can also be soothing and act as a form of distraction.

The boxes are created to cater for each individual customer’s needs or interests. Our aim is to provide gentle stimulation of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch and movement in a comfortable, controlled environment. The gentleman i.e. specifically enjoy Lego and pieces of DIY equipment.

Peter is a regular wellbeing centre customer and was formerly a master plumber with his own business. His dementia is advanced and unfortunately he is unable to retain other activities. Our team at Rowan Croft put together a twiddle box for his regular visits and it serves to help him settle and he feels accomplished when he uses it.

Peter's Twiddle Box

Peter’s Twiddle Box

Benefits of Sensory Stimulation

Among other things it is said to:

  •     Improve behaviour and mood
  •     Promote alertness
  •     Increase brain function
  •     Improve communication
  •     Boost self-esteem and wellbeing

The aim of sensory boxes is to offer the opportunity to stimulate as many senses as possible. This activity is also an opportunity to relax, to contemplate, to reflect, to chat and reminisce.



Our wellbeing centre customers enjoy these no pressure activities. Use of sensory boxes is always supervised by one of our care teams.

To find out more about our wellbeing centres and the services they provide give our team a call

Tel: 0191 2877027 or e mail

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If you’re thinking about accessing support for yourself or a loved one, we’re here to help whether you’d like more information, need some advice or want to discuss the support available.

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