Mike Ayres Design

Mike Ayres Design

Healthcare 21 are very proud to work with Mike Ayres Design in Ireland. Mike Ayres is a professional designer with 30 years experience in creating equipment and environments for people with special needs.

He was instrumental in introducing the Dutch concept of ‘Snoezelen’ into Britain in the 1980’s. Since then he has worked on multi-sensory concepts, environments and products for care and education.

Sensory Environments evolved from the Dutch concept of ‘Snoezelen’ in the 1980s. They are specifically designed environments which enable people with special needs to enjoy a very wide range of sensory experiences for therapy, learning, stimulation, relaxation and fun.

There has been a tremendous amount of development since those pioneering days, both in the variety of uses and the technical advancement of the equipment used.

Sensory environments can be created to fulfil almost any need and at Healthcare 21, we have enjoyed working with many clients to tailor the right solution for them.

Our Multi-Sensory rooms have allowed our clients to create a space in which the participant can completely relax, or interact with and control all the elements. It gives people control, possibly for the first time in their lives. It enables people with any degree of disability to change and influence their environment in a positive way.

Multi-sensory rooms are used by people of all ages and all abilities for relaxation, focused work, stimulation, control, massage, aromatherapy, reminiscence work, physiotherapy, communication and stress release.

Multi-sensory rooms are built in a very wide variety of establishments such as schools, hospitals, nurseries, resource centres, leisure centres, residential homes for elderly people, community resource centres, psychiatric hospitals and centres, museums and private houses.

They are sometimes used for very specific work, such as with people suffering dementia or as a teaching tool for children with specific learning difficulties, or more generally as a community resource.

Healthcare 21 in association with Mike Ayres Design offers a complete range of services, guiding you through the decision-making process, creating environments and providing long-term servicing and training.