RESIDENTS of Immacolata House enjoy some magic by installing the Tovertafel.
Created within the Netherlands, the Tovertafel’ magic table’ uses interactive games to connect individuals within the mid-to-late stages of dementia with one another, their relations and friends, while stimulating movement.
The Tovertafel is a small box that mounts on the ceiling above a table. The box is a high-quality projector with infrared sensors that encourages participants to interact with activities. Games include shooting stars, sweeping leaves or interacting with fish and can be played individually or in a group.
It took two years of fundraising, and since the introduction of the magic table in August 2019, Immacolata House has seen significant improvements in residents’ interaction.
Sue Stephens, Immacolata House manager, said,
“Tovertafel first came to our notice through a Facebook advert in the spring of 2017. This was then discussed at the very next relative’s meeting. Everyone agreed that all our future funding efforts would be towards purchasing this interactive game system.
“At Immacolata House, we are always looking at ways to improve our residents’ quality of life. The Tovertafel is a way of offering opportunities for those living with dementia to increase physical and social interactions and above all have fun.”