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Butterfly room ready to make a flutter

A state-of-the-art sensory room is to be officially opened at Strode Park Foundation’s Faversham care home.

The room at Lady Dane Farmhouse, which was a former laundry room at the home, has undergone a complete transformation which includes projections, lights, sounds, colours, beanbags, toys and touch elements.

The room, which has been named ‘The Butterfly Room, will be officially opened on Saturday 22 July in front of the residents, their families, loved ones, friends, staff and other special invitees.

Registered Home Manager, Claire Dante, said: “Butterflies symbolise life and love and some believe the delicate insect are signs of angels or loved ones who have passed away. We have sadly experienced the loss of a few residents at Lady Dane however they are never forgotten and we also want this room to be somewhere our staff and residents can reflect on this.”

New features of the room, which cost approximately £8,000 to make over, include a sound box, super active bubble wall, calming LED infinity tunnel, tactile panel and aurora projector which offers sensory landscapes such as under the sea and in the forest.

Claire added: “The sound box really is the big feature for us here. It allows us to record family voices reading a story, singing or talking for example for each individual resident. This really is person-centred care at its best. We can’t wait for the residents to enjoy this element of the room and feel that familiarity with their loved ones.”