Barchester Healthcare’s Hollyfields care home in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, has installed a Tovertafel ‘magic table’ for its residents living with dementia.
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.
Michael Butler, Activities Coordinator, said: “The impact that the Tovertafel 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.”
Using interactive light projections, the Tovertafel, which can be played independently or as a group, invites participants to pop bubbles, sweep leaves or interact playfully with fish. Another game generates a series of well-known sayings and phrases, which often sparks discussion and brings back memories. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allows people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.
John Ramsay, the CEO of Shift 8 Limited, the company which brought the Tovertafel to the UK, said: “We are delighted by the overwhelming response of the residents at Hollyfields Care Home 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.”