ALERT: Snoezelen Pool (currently not available)
At this time, the community snoezelen pool are not available for external fee-for-service programming.
The physical requirements of the snoezelen program (enclosed spaces and higher staffing ratios) require that we continue to assess the situation on an ongoing basis. We will update this page as new information becomes available.
As we have throughout the pandemic, Holland Bloorview will proceed cautiously, recognizing that we are serving vulnerable populations, many of whom are not eligible for covid-19 vaccines. As such, our own internal infection prevention and control measures including masking will remain in place. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
What is Snoezelen?
Snoezelen rooms are artificially engineered spaces that use music, lighting, gentle vibrations, tactile sensations and aromatherapy. Users can relax and choose activities at their own pace.
The word Snoezelen is taken from two Dutch words: snufflen meaning to seek out or to explore, and doezelen meaning to relax or to be in a wonderful place. Snoezelen originated in the Netherlands nearly 45 years ago as a leisure experience for adults with severe disabilities.
The room can be relaxing or stimulating depending on one’s sensory needs. It can encourage social skills and heighten sensory awareness.
Holland Bloorview has integrated the Snoezelen experience in a variety of areas in the hospital:
- the community Snoezelen room
- the community Snoezelen pool
- the inpatient Snoezelen room
- Snoezelen cart for Complex Continuing Care inpatients
Holland Bloorview also supports Snoezelen education and outreach locally and beyond.