Residents and staff at Enliven’s Kandahar Court are already finding immense value in a new state-of-the-art Nordic Wellness Chair after receiving one recently.
A grant of close to $11,000 from the Tom and Ann Cunningham Trust enabled Enliven to purchase a chair for residents at its specialised secure dementia home in Masterton.
The state-of-the-art technology uses soothing music, gentle movement, tactile stimulation and a weighted blanket to relax, calm and soothe those who might be feeling anxious, angry or agitated.
Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court manager Peter Newman says the chair provides another option for staff to help residents who might need some extra assistance.
“It is a great addition because it provides relief from the physical and mental effects of anxiety and agitation without the need for medication.”
The chairs can recline to a lying position and have high sides so if a resident falls asleep in the chair they are safe and comfortable.
There is also a built-in audio system feature on the chair so when a resident sits back they are surrounded by calming sounds.
Generous donations like the one from the Tom and Ann Cunningham Trust have allowed Enliven to purchase these chairs for its other dementia care facilities in Whanganui, Palmerston North, Feilding and Levin.