Keeping Abreast of Dementia Intervention Technology
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At Cedars Care Group homes, we are always looking for new ways to improve the life quality of our residents with dementia. This month at our Southport Care Home, Cedar Grange, we hosted a trial session with an interactive system called the Tovertafel –or ‘Magic Table.’
Designed to aid interaction and learning for people with cognitive difficulties, the Tovertafel is a device that projects images and simple games onto an ordinary table. The light projections respond to touch and movement, allowing participants to manipulate them.
Our residents at Cedar Grange were enthralled by the Tovertafel, as light projections of colourful flowers danced and grew at their touch. Even some of our little neighbours from the Big Picture Private Nursery next door, came over to find out what all the excitement was about. Seniors and children alike had a wonderful time playing together with the magical images.
While there is no known cure for dementia, there are many forms of therapy that can help reduce or manage the symptoms. One of the key challenges is beating apathy, which is a common problem among people with dementia. A lack of motivation can worsen symptoms, bring about depression and make sufferers less mobile.
At Cedars Care Group homes, we try to keep at the forefront of dementia intervention. Our daily activities involve a host of therapeutic sessions that stimulate, provide exercise and help improve basic cognitive skills. But that’s never enough. We are always on the look out for new ways to improve the condition of residents with dementia and to help them live better.
Featured on BBC News, the people who designed the Tovertafel have been working with specialists, carers and target groups to produce games that will stimulate people with dementia. With the Tovertafel being received so well by our residents at Cedars Care Group, we’ll be looking to introduce it into our homes in due course.