The wellbeing of Benetas Gisborne Oaks residents is on the rise thanks to state-of-the-art Tovertafel technology, which uses fun and interactive games to support older people, including those with dementia.
The ceiling-mounted technology, which projects interactive games onto flat surfaces, was installed at the home in 2023 and was funded from sales at the adjoining Opportunity Shop.
Residents have already shown real improvements since interacting with Tovertafel games, which include swiping at leaves, polishing silverware, touching projected musical notes to hear sounds and reminiscing while singing along to classic songs.
Independent studies have shown the specially designed games stimulate cognitive, physical, social, and sensory activity, which promote happiness and improve quality of life.
The technology also reduces apathy and restlessness and improves the relationship between residents and carers while having a positive effect on daily activities to increase social interaction and physical activity.
Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said residents, particularly those with dementia, had gained clear benefit from playing the games.
Ms Hills thanked opportunity shop patrons who, by making a purchase, were improving the lives of Gisborne Oaks residents.
“This is a great result for the Gisborne community who have supported the wellbeing of the aged care home’s residents simply by visiting their local opportunity shop,” Ms Hills said.
“Tovertafel has already made a real and observable difference to residents, with our team members noticing immediate improvements in engagement and socialisation.”
Gisborne Oaks resident Kathy said she really enjoyed using Tovertafel, particularly with games involving catching butterflies and music.
“It brings out our competitive streaks, we’re always trying to beat our previous scores and it really is enjoyable,” Kathy said.
Benetas has also installed the Tovertafel technology across its other aged care homes.