Herbergier Olst, the Netherlands
Owner Wijnand tells us that he and his care team notice that the residents of Herbergier Olst, as a result of their dementia, are regularly overstimulated and suffer from a disrupted biological clock. He says: 'We see that our residents take a lot of naps during the day and then find it difficult to put to bed in the evening. Night wandering is also common. In addition, many residents suffer from limited visibility. Especially in the living room during the dark winter months. We wanted to find out for ourselves whether good light can reduce these complaints. For this reason we have placed Sparckels in the living room of the Herbergier Olst: 4 models Sunny Susan (hanging variant), 2 models Bright Brenda (standing variant) and 1 model Jolly James (table variant).'
"We are very happy with our Sparckels. People are visually stimulated to grab the jam on the table again for the sandwich. We think these incentives are important. Brains have to stay in shape and you promote that by letting people do as much as possible themselves. We believe in the combination of light, movement and just the right amount of stimuli.
Furthermore, the biological clock of our residents is more in tune thanks to the light from Sparckel. The process of going to bed is smoother. The evening light gradually becomes less and warmer with a sensory effect. At first there was a kind of traffic jam of residents eager to go to bed. Now, with Sparckel, the residents naturally want to go to bed, first one, then the other. We note that the night is calmer and people are more awake during the day. Our staff embraced the Sparckel light and immediately saw its added value. They don't want to be without it now.”