3 Reasons to Install a Custom Aquarium in a Dementia Unit

custom fish tank in dementia unit

At Aqua Creations, we firmly believe that custom aquariums can bring immense benefits to dementia units. Let us share three compelling reasons why installing a custom aquarium in a dementia unit is a game-changer:

According to a study conducted by Purdue University researchers, displaying tanks of brightly colored fish may have a pacifying effect on Alzheimer’s patients. Observing colorful fish swimming around has been proven to brighten the moods and improve sleeping habits of dementia patients. 

  1. Promote Calmness and Serenity: Imagine the soothing sound of water gently bubbling and the mesmerizing sight of colorful fish gracefully swimming. A custom aquarium creates an ambiance of tranquility and serenity that can significantly impact individuals with dementia. The calming effect of watching fish can help reduce anxiety, agitation, and restlessness, providing a peaceful atmosphere where residents can find solace and comfort. 

2.  Stimulate Cognitive Engagement: Custom aquariums offer a captivating visual experience that engages the senses and stimulates cognitive function. The vibrant colors, graceful movements, and intricate underwater landscapes provide a source of fascination for residents. Watching the fish swim can inspire conversations, trigger memories, and promote social interaction among residents and caregivers. The cognitive engagement facilitated by a custom aquarium contributes to mental stimulation and can potentially improve cognitive abilities in individuals with dementia.

3. Create a Therapeutic Environment: The presence of a custom aquarium in a dementia unit goes beyond aesthetic appeal. It creates a therapeutic environment that nurtures emotional well-being and promotes a sense of connection. Research has shown that interacting with fish tanks can improve mood, reduce aggression, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals with dementia. The combination of visual stimulation, calming effects, and a touch of nature’s beauty fosters a healing atmosphere that supports residents’ emotional and psychological needs.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what our customers have to say:


  • “The custom aquarium from Aqua Creations has transformed our dementia unit. Our residents find comfort and joy in watching the fish, and it has become a focal point for social interaction.” – Sarah M.
  • “The therapeutic benefits of the custom aquarium are remarkable. We have witnessed a noticeable reduction in agitation and an improvement in the well-being of our residents with dementia.” – John D.

At Aqua Creations, we specialize in designing and implementing custom aquariums that cater to the unique requirements of dementia units. Our team of experts will work closely with you to create a tailored aquatic ecosystem that fosters a positive and enriching environment for residents.


Ready to transform your dementia unit with the power of a custom aquarium? Contact Aqua Creations today and let us bring the wonders of the underwater world to those in your care.