Announcements, happy memories and changes!

Exciting things are coming…

September marks the beginning of a busy period here at Social-Ability. We thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of our important upcoming dates and events so you’re aware of what’s coming up. We’d also like to reflect on some of our past highlights and how you can get involved in the conversations this month.

‘The best project Roman Ridge has ever participated in’

At Social-Ability, we see and hear a lot of incredible things from our clients. It’s part of what makes our work so wonderful.

Last month, we received this hand-written note from one of the residents at Roman Ridge in Sheffield. The passion, engagement and enthusiasm displayed put a big smile on the faces of our team. We’re very grateful to be a part of these magical moments.

Another big thanks to the team at Roman Ridge for sending this over to us:

A hand-written note from a resident at Roman Ridge

World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’re hoping that over its course, we can continue to raise a heightened awareness around Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

The Happiness Programme was designed to bring moments of joy and laughter to people living with dementia. We’re achieving this every day and we believe that it’s important to highlight the significant positive impact that this can have on the mental wellbeing and health of those living with dementia.

That’s why we’re encouraging you to get involved with World Alzheimer’s Month this year. If you have any stories, thoughts or simply want to get involved in the conversation, we encourage you to send these to us or use the hashtag #WorldAlzheimersMonth and #HappinessProgramme on social media.

Every moment of happiness for a person living with dementia is a special one, and there has never been a better time to start creating awareness of how important this is for those living with the condition.

We’re going on the road!

We’re excited to announce that this year we’ll be at the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo as an official exhibitor.

Social-Ability representatives will be at our stand- J94- so if you’re attending, pop by and see us to find out more about the Happiness Programme. We hope to see some of you there to discuss how interactive light technology can help people living with cognitive and physical challenges.

The expo is taking place on the 15th-16th of September at the NEC in Birmingham. Tickets are free and still available, so if you’d like to grab one, you can do so on their website here. 

A month later…

We’ll also be attending the Care Show this year as an official exhibitor where we hope to continue interacting with members of the care industry. You’ll be able to find us at our stand- E32.

The show is taking place on the 13th-14th of October at the NEC in Birmingham. Tickets are free and still available, so if you’d like to come check us out, you can get your tickets at their website here.

Small Changes

We’re bringing some small changes to the Happiness Programme to suit a wider range of abilities.

Game Changes

  • We’ve added some more challenging difficulty levels to a few of our existing games such as: Word Search, Bouncy and Bounce.
  • Balloons on Balloon Pop will now come from the left, right and bottom of the screen.
  • Happy Memories will now have a backing track when entering the game.

Playlist Changes

  • There are now two new categories: Relaxation and Music Therapy.
  • The ‘Competitive’ category has now been changed to ‘Group Games’.

Menu Changes

  • We’ve changed the green ‘Calibrate’ button to a red ‘Reset Motion Sensor’ button to avoid any confusion.
  • The magic table 360 should no longer countdown when starting up and should enter straight into the menu.
  • ‘Playing surface Options’ on the main menu now reads as ‘Calibrate Playing Surface’.

an image of menu changes

Not a member of the Happiness Programme?

The Happiness Programme is a first-of-its-kind initiative helping to change the lives of people living with cognitive challenges. We use interactive light technology to provide meaningful activities for residents and patients in care homes and care settings.  For more detail on what the Happiness Programme is and how it’s helping care venues across the UK, visit our getting started page.

Alternatively, jump to our dementialearning disability and NHS pages for more specific detail on how it’s helping care homes like Barchester and HC-One as well as hospitals and local authorities such as St George’s Hospital, London and Westminster and South Kensington Council.