Horisonten's daily care activities are based at Trehörningen in central Nynashamn, Sweden. Around 20 people with various disabilities come to the facility on weekdays.
We have a man, A, who is 57 and suffers from autism spectrum disorder. He has an acute motor disorder and is never still. He was very sceptical the first time he planned to test the chair. We think he associated it with a dental chair and he has a major fear of dentists. The first time he sat on the edge and we almost had to hold him so that he would remain in place. After a moment of rocking, he crawled up into the chair and lay down. He lay there for the duration. Today, he goes straight to the chair and lies down.
Sometimes he shows signs of a lot of anxiety in his body movements before he lies down in the chair. He runs around making a lot of noise and cannot find harmony. We then show him to the chair and he usually calms down after a couple of minutes. This calming effect can last long after he has left the chair.
E is a woman aged 47 with microcephaly, autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy. She is always stiff and tense in her body and has trouble relaxing. When she lies down in the chair she is able to relax and may even fall asleep.
We have a new man who has just started with us. He is 54 years old with downs syndrome. He also has difficulty keeping still.
He walks around and picks at everything in reach. But after using the chair a few times he goes to it as fast as he can. If you cannot find S anywhere, simply go to the chair and see if he is lying there. If he could choose himself, he would spend the whole day there.
The advantage of the chair is that the users are calm and relaxed and many even fall asleep.
The chair is used several times a day, and we can see that when they have used it, they become calm and wind down and can sit in it the whole day.
I believe that everyone benefits from the chair; even the staff use it if there is time or if they are having a stressful day.
It is a useful tool in quickly finding peace and relaxation.
Head of Unit Anna Hjulström