Magic Table brings joy to Anchor residents

Not for profit care provider Anchor has invested in cutting Dutch technology to help its residents living with dementia.

Borrage House in Ripon, North Yorkshire has installed a Tovertafel (Magic Table) following an overwhelming reaction from residents.

Sarah Aitken, manager at Borrage House, said: “This ‘Moving Image’ device has been installed in the home for a relatively short period but has already seen some outstanding results from our residents.

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“There is no doubt it has helped those living with dementia, but it has other benefits too; it has helped others improve their hand/eye co-ordination and one of the most delightful things to see is the total joy it brings to residents playing the simplest of games with their grandkids when they come and visit.”

The Tovertafel contains a series of activities for people living with mid to late stage dementia such as popping bubbles, moving leaves and hitting a beach ball.

John Ramsay, CEO of Tovertafel provider Shift 8 Limited, said: “Tovertafel allows you to interact with your loved ones and we are delighted to have installed Borrage House’s first device. Tovertafel creates moments of happiness for the residents.

“As the images are just beams of light, nothing can get lost or broken. No one can get hurt. The Tovertafel provides a positive and invaluable experience, with residents more motivated to interact with staff, their families and carers.”

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