EACH hospice sensory room

Sensory Rooms

We have sensory rooms at all three of our hospices and they are invaluable both to the care we provide and for visiting families. Many of the children and young people we work with are unable to talk or communicate so sensory rooms help to develop their communications skills. These rooms contain a variety of technology and products that can either stimulate or relax the senses depending on the individual.

One much-loved feature is the bubble tubes - which glow in different colours and are soothing to watch with calming, slow bubbles moving around a plastic tube. The tubes can be controlled by the children, giving them chance to change the colours, speed and power of the bubbles as they wish.

Our sensory rooms also feature interactive technology for the more active children and young people we care for. Floor projection technology allows children (and adults if they want to!) to interact with virtual objects from moving stars, playing games, creating music or splashing virtual water. These activities can be beneficial in building interaction and movement skills.

Other key features in our sensory rooms include:

  • Music speakers - these can either stimulate or relax depending on the individual child and what they need from that session.
  • Water beds which can relieve muscular pressure and provide relaxation.
  • Fibre-optic cables that light up and glow in different colours, stimulating both sight and touch. They can also be used in the bath if needed!

Many of the children and young people we work with are unable to talk or communicate. Sensory activities open up a whole new world to these children that can help them develop, play and communicate in different ways. Whether it’s reacting to sound, light, touch or movement it is wonderful when you see a child reacting in a way they wouldn’t usually do. These reactions, however small are so precious to families Sarah Fisher, Play Specialist at our Norfolk hospice

  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX