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It’s crucial that healthcare and senior living environments are warm and welcoming places to live, work, and visit. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the power of scent. The right fragrance can positively impact on the mood and wellbeing of residents and ensure the continuing success of the facility. Here’s a guide to choosing an effective scent.

Understanding how fragrances can impact on mood

Essential oils have been used for centuries as a way of soothing and improving medical and psychological conditions such as arthritis, stress and dementia. The human olfactory senses are incredibly powerful and are directly linked to parts of the brain that control memory and emotion, and this is why aromatherapy is a popular complementary medicine.

Fragrances that are derived from natural plant extracts in the form of essential oils are particularly noted for their therapeutic effects. There are many different types and categories of fragrance. Here’s a look at some of the most popular ones.

Calming scents

Lavender is one of the most frequently used aromatherapy fragrances. It has a pleasant floral scent and is widely used in perfumes, cosmetics and even food flavorings, as well as an ambient room fragrance. It’s considered particularly attractive for its ability to be relaxing without being too soporific and sedating, which makes it ideal for a care home setting. 

Some studies have shown that lavender can actively reduce levels of anxiety and stress, which may be beneficial for residents who exhibit symptoms of agitation or restlessness. It may be suitable for use in bedrooms to improve sleep, or to create a calm atmosphere in communal areas such as dining rooms or lounges. 

Chamomile is another essential oil that is known for its soothing properties. It was used in Ancient Rome as an anti-inflammatory treatment for conditions such as arthritis and back pain, and for easing anxiety and promoting sleep. Some studies suggest that it may also ease depression and help to lift a low mood. 

Uplifting scents

Scents such as citrus, peppermint, and eucalyptus are well known for possessing energizing and uplifting properties. This can help to keep residents engaged when they are carrying out activities such as exercise classes or crafts. It can also help to keep staff feeling upbeat and motivated in their jobs roles, and form a positive first impression for visitors.

Familiar and comforting fragrances

Creating a welcoming atmosphere that feels like a home from home can help residents to feel settled and happy in their place of care. Outdoorsy fragrances such as pine or ocean and coastal scents can bring a sense of calm and connection to nature. 

Other warm and homely scents include cinnamon and nutmeg, which can bring back comforting childhood memories of baking in the kitchen, and happy holiday events such as Christmas. 

Odor neutralizers

When choosing your diffuser and fragrance, you may also want to consider odor-neutralizing properties that will be able to remove unwanted smells that are sometimes inevitable in a care home environment.

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