Interactive games equipment to bring a touch of magic to elderly Mirboo community
Staff and residents at Japara Strzelecki House were the proud recipients of a cheque from the Mirboo North and District Community Bank, to help fund the installation of an exciting, new ‘magic table’ designed to provide therapeutic stimulation to those living with dementia or cognitive disabilities.
Launched in 2015 by the Dutch medical technologies company, Active Cues, the Tovertafel is an innovative games console specifically designed for use within healthcare settings. Interactive games are projected onto a table or floor below and users can play using simple hand or feet movements, making it accessible for all abilities.
Whilst the Tovertafel will be housed at Japara’s Strzelecki House, the equipment will belong to the Mirboo North community and will be available to all members of the public who wish to use it with their friends and families.
“For many people with dementia and their loved ones, doing something fun and active together can pose a real challenge,” says Natalie Jones, Lifestyle Officer at Strzelecki House, “but staying active and having regular interactions with others is so important for a person’s quality of life. In the later phases of dementia, people can become withdrawn and suffer from apathy. The Tovertafel breaks through that apathy in a novel and effective way by inviting people with dementia and those around them to play together with beautiful, interactive light projections. You are never too old to play and have fun!”
The prospect of residential aged care can often be unsettling but having the Tovertafel available at Strzelecki House will allow members of the community to become familiar with their local aged care facility and help alleviate some of these fears, so that should an individual’s circumstances change, the transition into more permanent care arrangements will be far less daunting.
The cost of the equipment will be covered by fundraising activities organised by the lifestyle team at Japara Strzelecki House, donations and grants from local organisations, such as the Mirboo North & District Community Bank and Mirboo North Community Shed Co-Operative.
“We are so grateful to our local supporters for their generous donation towards the Tovertafel,” Natalie continues. “This equipment will provide a wonderful opportunity for our elderly neighbours and their families, whether they are seeking some therapeutic stimulation, relaxation or simply to enjoy a coffee in the Strzelecki café with some fun, social interaction.”
Strzelecki House will be organizing an unveiling of the cutting-edge piece of equipment, more information on this event and the official opening of Mirboo’s ‘magic table’ will be announced in local newspapers in the coming weeks, and via our website, so watch this space!