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‘Magic Table’ comes to Bexley care home

PUBLISHED: 16:51 12 November 2018

Mayor and Mayoress Brian and Christine Bishop, Marie Kitchenham, Jillian Slipper and Francis Slipper. Picture:  Heathfield Court

Mayor and Mayoress Brian and Christine Bishop, Marie Kitchenham, Jillian Slipper and Francis Slipper. Picture: Heathfield Court

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An innovative ‘magical table’ with the ability to transform the lives of people living with dementia has been installed at Heathfield Court care home in Northumberland Heath.

The table, known as Tovertafel, is widely established in the Netherlands where it was developed – but is not as yet so well established in the UK.

It consists of a projector hung from the ceiling that throws interactive, colourful, moving light games on to a table below that people can interact and play with.

It was developed by PhD student Hester Le Riche, who wanted to create something to stimulate activity – physical, mental and social – in people living with moderate to severe dementia.

Home manager Gina Kitchenham said: “We’ve been trialling this with our residents for a couple of weeks and it is quite astonishing the impact it is having.

“Our residents love it and it brings them together in a way no other activity can.

The arrival of the table was celebrated at an event on November 5 attended by Mayor and Mayoress Brian and Christine Bishop and children from the Woodside and King Henry School in Erith.

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