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The 30th and 31st January marked the two unveilings of the brand new ‘Tovertafels’’ at our Rathmore House and Compton Lodge care homes. ‘Tovertafel,’ which is Dutch for ‘Magic Table,’ is a projector and processor that is mounted to a ceiling above a flat service such as a table. The projector creates interactive artworks that respond to arm and hand movements. The product was designed for people in the moderate to severe stages of dementia. These interactive games encourage social interaction by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity.
Both events were a huge success as a wide variety of guests and staff attended. The days were kickstarted by representatives of our sponsors (Montagu Evans and Regal London), cutting a ribbon to signify the launch of the magic tables. Once the formalities were out the way it was time to have some fun. Residents, staff and sponsors alike, all gathered around the table eager to uncover the wonders which the Tovertafel had to offer.
Tovertafel’s Head of Service, Mehdi Bediuoi, was on hand to help show how the machinery worked and give some more background information on how it was built and designed. A wide selection of games projected onto the table whilst our residents constantly engaged. It was great to see how the Tovertafel brought everyone together on the day and C&C are sure it’ll have a mirroring effect in all the care homes it has been installed in.
The day was rounded off with a bite to eat and some fizz as a special thank you to all those that attended both days. However, a special expression of gratitude must also go out everyone who was involved in the C&C Cycle fundraiser last summer, as none of the installations would have been possible without them.