Care home launches fundraising appeal for equipment to help residents with dementia
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 April 2018
Dedicated staff from a Nailsea care home are raising money for an interactive projector to enable residents who suffer from dementia to take part in activities and games.
Staff at Argentum Lodge, in Silver Street, are looking to raise £7,000 for a Tovertafel projector, which is used to help people with dementia, autism and learning difficulties.
The interactive games stimulate physical and cognitive activity and encourage social interaction.
Anna Hector from Argentum Lodge said: “We would like to purchase the Tovertafel as we feel it will benefit our residents who suffer with advanced dementia.
“The Care Quality Commission has deemed Tovertfel a great tool to reach out to people who aren’t able to interact with traditional activities.
“The Tovertafel, or magic table as it is also known, is an interactive projector which projects onto a table and is fun and easy to use.
“The cost of purchasing one of these is around £7,000.”
Tovertafel is a little box which contains a high quality projector, infrared sensors, a speaker and processor which work together to project games onto a table.
The equipment was developed for people with dementia and the colourful objects respond to hand and arm movements, so residents can play with the light projections.
Ms Hector added: “We provide a wide range of activities which include baking, games, sensory, reminiscence, but the main activity that works well here is music and sensory based.
“Music sparks so many happy memories for our residents and it brings an all-round great atmosphere to the home when we’re singing and dancing.
“For example, playing a song that has meaning and memories to our residents has even enabled one gentleman to stand and walk after having a decline with his mobility.”
Staff raise money to put on different activities by organising raffles, fetes and lotteries and one supervisor is taking part in a skydive to raise money for the equipment.
Staff are appealing for help and ideas to raise the money.
To donate to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/argentum-lodge or to offer fundraising ideas, call 01275 850430.