A picture of residents at Balhousie Clement Park enjoying a sensory box.

Residents at Balhousie Clement Park have been enjoying the benefits of a brand-new sensory box.

Staff at the Dundee home put together the box, which contains a number of different items which feel, look and sound different.

The box is already proving popular with all the residents, particularly those who are bed-bound and may not be able to take part in some other activities at the home.

It helps them maintain their fine motor skills and stimulates the senses. The items can even help trigger memories, which benefits residents who are living with dementia.

Hannah Clark, Activities Coordinator at Clement Park, said: “Everyone has really enjoyed exploring the sensory box and the items inside.

“The residents really like the feel of the items in their hands, and it is already bringing huge benefits to them.

“It has been especially helpful for residents who are not able to take part in the full programme of activities here at Clement Park.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting used to it over the next few weeks and finding out more about the different senses stimulated by the box.”

As well as maintaining fine motor skills, stimulating the senses and triggering memories, sensory tools also have a calming effect, as well as improving focus and enabling conversation.