Hallmark installs first ‘magic table’

Resident at Kew House Care Home Colina Watt, 89 with children from Ravenstone Primary School

Hallmark Care Homes has installed its first Tovertafel ‘magic table’ for the care of residents living with dementia at Kew House in Wimbledon.

The Tovertafel technology provides a series of activities such as gardening, popping balloons and fishing in order to stimulate reminiscence and group play.

General manager at Kew House Care Home, Yetty Adepegba, said: “We are extremely excited to be amongst the first care providers in the UK to have this highly innovative and interactive magic table in our care home.

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“It has been particularly pleasing to see the huge difference the Tovertafel has made to our residents. We have had residents who previously had not been communicating verbally, totally engrossed in the magic table singing along or reciting old sayings.

“The Tovertafel has also increased meaningful moments with the residents, relatives, team and visitors and we are now looking at new ways we can continue to keep the engagement level as high as it has been.”

John Ramsay, the CEO of Shift 8 Limited – the company which brought the Tovertafel to the UK – said: “We are thrilled that Hallmark Care Homes have recognised the joy that activities bring to their residents and installed their first Tovertafel at Kew House. The reaction from the residents has been incredibly moving and I can’t wait to see how they continue to develop.”

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