The use of quiet or seclusion rooms is something that has now become more generally accepted than perhaps it ever was in the past. With growing numbers of hospitals and schools now catering to the special needs of children, the same can now be said for the treatment of adults as well.

Getting away from the notion that a seclusion or sensory space is a place of punishment, these comforting and safe spaces are embracing their intended use by helping patients de-escalate when necessary. Helping them to gather their thoughts, catch their breath or just grab a moment or two of peace has proven to be quite therapeutic. In fact a recent study has shown that seclusion tends to be better accepted by patients in a psychiatric setting than other coercive measures.

The findings state that “compared to other coercive measures (notably forced medication), seclusion seems to be better accepted, while restraint seems to be less tolerated, possibly because of the perception of seclusion as ‘non-invasive.’ Therapeutic interaction appears to have a positive influence on coercion perception.”

So long as the adult patient is not feeling like this is something they have to do, or are being punished like children, the treatment is generally accepted. Once inside, patients enter a controlled environment that serves to help manage situations where they might be a danger to themselves or other people. They also work wonders in reducing stimuli that may elicit a negative reaction and provide a high level of safety in the event of a spontaneous outburst of violence, agitation or stress.

Outside of psychiatry, these rooms have proven beneficial for adults as well. There are some who simply need a quick break from the action that is their day-to-day lives and these rooms can provide just what they need for a quick restart. The key here is to incorporate the use of these rooms effectively into one’s schedule – whether a patient or not.

It’s important to note that the use of padded rooms should always be accompanied by appropriate clinical supervision and follow-up care. Additionally, their use should adhere to strict guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of patients.