Designability launch new ‘age-appropriate’ sensory product for people living with dementia

A woman sat on a sofa looking at a picture of a dog from her Bud sensory cushion

We have launched a new sensory cushion to offer comfort, relaxation and reassurance to people in the later stages of dementia.

Introducing Bud

The Bud cushion has been carefully created in response to feedback from family carers, care staff and health professionals.

Sensory objects like clothing, blankets and handheld toys that can be touched and played with have been found to be helpful to people living with dementia who may experience restlessness and agitation. It is hoped that this new cushion will provide an outlet for these feelings.

Nina Evans, Research Occupational Therapist, Designability, said: “We are thrilled that the Bud cushion is now available from Find. We hope it will complement the existing range of sensory products by providing a more contemporary and discreet option.”

During the development of Bud, one of the key pieces of feedback was that people would enjoy being able to personalise it with their belongings. This was included as a key feature so that people can attach items that mean something to them.

“The cushion is soft and warm and can be enjoyed as a tactile experience, you can add your own objects for interest, or to help with conversation. We have loved designing it and we hope you will love using it.”

Every Bud purchase supports Designability's work

Designability’s work is not-for-profit which means that every penny that we receive from a sale of a Bud cushion is used to develop more helpful products that meet other unmet needs in society.

The Bud cushion is now available through Find Memory Care who Designability have partnered with to be able to reach as many people who could benefit as possible.