Touch. Taste. Sight. Sound. Smell. Our five senses are a powerful influence over the way we make sense of the world around us. When that world is a hospital, it can be overwhelming – especially if patients have a disability or are neurologically diverse – for example, if they have autism.
Your donations have provided our hospitals with some much-needed sensory equipment. These lights and bubbles can completely change a hospital setting into a more relaxing space, allowing patients with autism or a disability to focus on them, rather than the often frightening and daunting clinical setting.
You have also bought specialist communication books with complex needs, which give them important information in an accessible format, as well as dedicated sunflower lanyards which are a clear way of letting people know that you have a hidden disability and may need additional support.
“No matter your needs, you should always feel relaxed and as comfortable as possible when coming to the hospital. Your support is making a real difference every day at our hospitals, helping patients with additional needs feel relaxed as possible throughout their hospital experience.”Lyn Sandles, Learning Disabilities Nurse