Barchester Healthcare has brought a bit of magic to its residents by installing the Tovertafel ‘magic table’ as part of a roll-out scheme to improve residents’ quality of life.
Created in the Netherlands, the Tovertafel uses interactive games to connect people in the mid-to-late stages of dementia with each other, their family members and friends, all the while stimulating movement. Using interactive light projections, the Tovertafel, which can be played independently or as a group, invites participants to engage in activities such as popping bubbles, sweeping leaves or interacting with fish.
Hollyfields Care Home in Kidderminster, which provides care for those with complex dementia needs, has seen significant improvements in residents’ interaction since the introduction of the Tovertafel.
Michael Butler, Activities Coordinator, said: “The impact that this equipment has had in a short space of time has been incredible. Residents who didn’t tend to join in conversations or were prone to becoming agitated have become engaged, and many have shown absolute delight when playing these games. It has been a real joy to see the increased interaction from residents within our home with the table and with each other.”
Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare, said: “We are delighted by the overwhelming response of our Barchester residents when using the Tovertafel. Designed to create moments of happiness for the residents, it is heart-warming to provide positive and invaluable experiences, with residents more motivated to interact with staff, family and carers alike.”