Anchor’s Borrage House has installed the Tovertafel (‘Magic Table’ in Dutch) in its care home following an overwhelming reaction from residents. This award-winning innovation comes from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care.

The Tovertafel contains a series of activities for people living with mid to late stage dementia. It has been designed to encourage instinctive participation, inviting engagement and stimulating a level of physical and social activity rarely seen in people living with dementia in the later stages of their journey.

The visual, invigorating Tovertafel games can be played independently or in groups and have been researched and designed alongside people living with dementia so that they exactly match their needs. Taking part helps with health and quality of life and the Tovertafel can create amazing moments of happiness for staff, family members and loved ones alike.   

On the installation Sarah Aitken, Manager at Borrage House in Ripon said: “This ‘Moving Image’ device has been installed in the Home for a relatively short period but has already seen some outstanding results from our residents.  There is no doubt it has helped those living with dementia, but it has other benefits too; it has helped others improve their hand/eye co-ordination and one of the most delightful things to see is the total joy it brings to residents playing the simplest of games with their grandkids when they come and visit.”

John Ramsay, the CEO of Shift 8 Limited – the company which brought the Tovertafel to the UK said: "Tovertafel allows you to interact with your loved ones and we are delighted to have installed Borrage House’s first device. Tovertafel creates moments of happiness for the residents. As the images are just beams of light, nothing can get lost or broken. No one can get hurt. The Tovertafel provides a positive and invaluable experience, with residents more motivated to interact with staff, their families and carers.”

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