AWith the mandatory closure of the daily centers and of the rehabilitation centers for children, 9 of the 16 structures held by Fondazione Renato Piatti are still open and active. These structures involve 165 guests and 190 operators, with 12 staff which makes a total of 367 people totally depending on Fondazione Renato Piatti.
In order to face this situation managing the health and welfare of all the guests and the operators, the Fondazione Renato Piatti took some extraordinary security measures, that the Air Liquide Foundation chose to support: purchase of individual protection devices, sanitization cycles of the environments, interventions of compartmentalization of the spaces to guarantee social distancing as much as possible.
A Snoezelen room appears to be a means to further support people with severe disabilities that the Fondazione Renato Piatti works for. Behind Snoezelen is a multifunctional concept: in a purposely designed room the use of light and sound elements, scents and music initiates sensual sensations. These have both relaxing and activating effects on the different perception areas. The specific design leads and arranges the stimuli: it creates interest, brings back memories and guides relationships.
Using a person-oriented approach, these rooms provide a safe and nurturing setting, becoming chance for better relationships, better engagement and therefore, better life.
The project is focused on the wellbeing of person with disability. It welcomes 30 persons with different degrees of disability. More specifically, a Snoezelen room aims to enhance relaxation, functional independence, interaction with others, self awareness, communication capacities.
Hopefully, the creation of a Snoezelen room will attract more people and therefore multiply the local positive impact.
The Air Liquide Foundation contributes to the purchase of equipment (furniture and lights) needed for the Snoezelen room.