‘Magic table’ brings smiles to Somerset dementia residents

A ‘magic table’ of moving, colourful images has proved a hit with people living with dementia at a Somerset care home.

Osborne House in Clevedon has become the first Somerset care home to offer Tovertafel, the revolutionary technology which helps increase interacton amongst people living with dementia.

The technology allows users to take part in virtual activities such as popping bubbles, moving leaves and hitting a beach ball.

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Osborne House manager Suzanne McPadden told the North Somerset Times that Tovertafel, which was launched at the home in June, had been a “great success”.

Suzanne added: “I think for me it’s being able to reach certain residents that had little communication before – watching them touch and listen, them smiling because it’s reached them.

“We have had very emotional moments and breakthroughs with people we couldn’t get a reaction from.

“This has been early days but so far we have witnessed great success with stimulation.”

Suzanne added that the technology had been used for calming people and stimulating interaction between carers and residents.

“We look forward to each new game when new ones get downloaded and we get excited to see how we can support residents in other areas through the games,” Suzanne said.

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