Aquariums for Nursing Homes

serenity aquarium in a nursing home hallway

Did you know that only 2% of all skilled nursing homes in the United States have a Serenity Aquarium?

You won’t usually find a large aquarium in average nursing homes because they aren’t cheap.

So, what is it that sets these select homes apart from the rest of the crowd? What are the benefits that justify the investment of aquariums for nursing homes?

Benefits of Aquariums in Nursing Homes

nursing home residents observing a serenity aquarium

Several studies have shown the impact of aquariums and nature-focused decor in long-term care facilities.

Read below to learn about the benefits of nursing home aquariums. We’ll let you decide if the value of an aquarium outweighs the costs!

Aquariums Improve Nutritional Intake

A challenge affecting many nursing home residents is poor nutritional intake. In a study conducted by Purdue University, an aquarium was tested as a solution.

Average nutritional intake increased by more than 20% after introducing an aquarium. This led to more residents maintaining and/or adding healthy weight. 

Aquariums Boost Resident’s Sleep

Residents in memory care units often experience difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep. We will again reference Purdue University’s study.

After introducing the aquarium and giving residents time to relax around the display, the data showed significant improvement in their sleep quality.

Aquariums Reduce Disruptive Behaviors

Adults living with Dementia respond positively to aquariums because observing fish is a sensory stimulation activity.

Watching the calming habitat can help them hold their focus for longer and it also encourages engagement with other residents.

Aquariums Increase Job Satisfaction

Many daily challenges wear on caregivers and reduce their job satisfaction. According to the National Consumer Voice, the average US nursing home experiences 52% annual employee turnover.

Research has shown that aquariums in nursing homes can also increase job satisfaction. In the same study by Purdue University, the staff’s satisfaction score was analyzed. After introducing a fish tank, researchers found a significant rise in job satisfaction throughout their team.

The Value of Nursing Home Aquariums

An aquarium’s value is not defined by dollars and cents. It’s the effect it has on the people interacting with it.

Sure, you can hang a TV on the wall and call it “entertainment”, but you’d never call it “therapy”.

young girl interacting with fish in a serenity aquarium

There is no replacement for the presence of real, live fish right in front of you. You may not see attributable profits on a balance sheet, but the delight of an aquarium will be felt throughout your community.

How to Clean a Nursing Home Fish Tank

Serenity Aquarium Services offers a full suite of cleaning and maintenance for your aquarium. You can lease an aquarium through Serenity, or we may be able to clean your existing aquarium.

A fish tank of this size and quality would typically cost several thousand dollars, not including maintenance costs.

With a lease from Serenity, we build, install, fill, stock, and maintain your new aquarium for no upfront cost and a low monthly fee!

Do you want a Serenity aquarium in your nursing home?

Why Choose a Serenity Aquarium?

Watch the video below to see why Keith from Snyder Nursing Home, and others like him, trust Serenity USA to provide exceptional aquariums and services.

If you would like to see what our aquariums look like in different settings, you can browse our aquarium gallery.

Or, if you have questions about our products or services, feel free to contact us.

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