Wind chimes can provide valuable sensory stimulation for seniors, especially for people living with dementia and those confined to bed.
Listening to wind chimes brings peace and contentment. Hang them close to windows in the rooms of residents or on balconies, patios and verandahs.
Wind chimes have been known to have a healing effect on the mind; reducing stress and promoting relaxation with their soothing melodies created by the wind.
Wind chimes can provide many benefits, including:
Wind chimes originated in China, where it was believed they warded off negative energy and increased the flow of 'CHI' (positive energy) in their surroundings. Wind chimes are played by the breeze and produce melodious sounds, sometimes tinkling, sometimes sharp, depending on the size and types of materials used.
They can be made from a wide variety of different materials including bamboo, metal, earthenware, shell, stone, aluminum, glass or porcelain. Each wind chime has its own unique tone and pitch. Prices vary from inexpensive to very expensive ($10 to $500+). You can also make your own wind chimes.
If a resident does not enjoy having a window or door open, consider a solar chime. These are great alternatives to traditional chimes and can be hung in sunlight indoors. They are more expensive however.
If your budget is tight you may ask the resident's relatives to buy wind chimes for them or even consider making some - this could be a great activity for your men's club.
Wind chimes are so lovely to have around. They provide a tranquil and pleasing sound that fills the area. I own four wind chimes, and I never tire of listening to them!
NOTE: Wind chimes are not suitable for everybody and some could have adverse reactions. Consult with clinical staff before introducing wind chimes to residents.