Magic table lights up life for residents at Highfield Care Home in Saffron Walden
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 November 2017
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A “magic table” which has leaves which when touched turn into ladybirds that then fly away has given a new lease of life to dementia patients according to staff at a Saffron Walden care home.
The Tovertafel (Dutch for magic table) was officially opened at Highfield Care Home in Saffron Walden on Friday and already activities manager, Katie Howard says she can see a difference in patients.
Katie said: “We have one gentle who has no legs and he he reluctant to interact with anyone but as soon as we got him to the table he came alive. There is one game with bubbles, you touch them and they pop with a noise, he was laughing. People just come alive.
“There are 12 games. Five people at once can sit at the table and they have throw a ball to each other or they can touch flowers which get bigger. The table cost us £6,000. We have had a contribution from Saffron Walden Round Table. One of the questions the Round Table asked us was whether the residents would eventually get bored. I said they can’t. They have dementia, every time they play a game, it will always be new for them.”
In scientific terms, the table has interactive light animations that react to hand and arm movements and are projected on a table. It has been developed specially for older people so they can both play independently and interact with each other.
Katie spotted the table in the magazine of NAPA (the National Activity Providers Association).
The table was officially launched by The Mayor of Saffron Walden, Councillor Dr Richard Freeman who tried out some of the games. However, there was a preview earlier in the week, on Tuesday, November 14 when children from St Thomas More School visited the home and played some of the games with the residents.
The Tovertafel, a Dutch invention, is made by the company Active Cues. It cost Highfields £6,000 including the games. If any company or business would like to contribute to the cost, please contact Katie Howard on 01799 282664 or firstname.lastname@example.org