The Campbell River Italian Cultural Society recently helped purchase a therapy cart for Yucalta Lodge. Pictured from left are: Gino Panziera

Italian picnic helps tickle the senses

The Campbell River Italian Cultural Society recently made a donation towards a Snoezelen Therapy Cart for Yucalta Lodge

The Campbell River Italian Cultural Society recently made a donation towards a Snoezelen Therapy Cart for Yucalta Lodge.

Snoezelen Therapy is used therapeutically for residents with dementia, strokes and other brain injuries who require different forms of stimulation to assist in calming them while providing pleasure and a sense of well-being.

Sounds (music, nature effects), aromas (lavender, wet earth, baking), tactile experiences (feathers, sandpaper, bumpy fabric), interesting light effects (bubble tubes, Fiber Optics and projectors) and vibrating items (pillow, tube) create either the calming or stimulating multi-sensory experience needed to encourage residents to passively or actively engage in the moment.

The Campbell River Italian Cultural Society raised the money towards the purchase of the therapy cart through its annual picnic.

For 20 years, the society has hosted an amazingly fun and delicious family picnic at Miracle Beach Provincial Park, complete with homemade sausages and spaghetti, raising more than $22,000 in support of quality health care for Campbell River and North Vancouver Island.

To support the doctors, nurses and other key members of the local healthcare team, donations can be made to the Hospital Foundation either online at: crhospitalfoundation.ca or by calling 250-850-2418.