This is the first in our series of resident case studies where we spoke to the team at Alexandra Grange, a Berkshire-based Hallmark home, about the impact the Happiness Programme has had on a specific resident, B.
Kat Beeton, Lifestyles Team Leader at Alexandra Grange, tells the story…
B has lived at Alexandra Grange since the home opened in 2011. B lives on ‘M’ Community and has an amazing rapport with the team, however due to deterioration and progression in her dementia over the past year she has stopped communicating verbally and spends most of her time in bed.
The team found engaging with B increasingly difficult and when completing her Thomas tool profile we noticed she was at high risk of isolation and finding activities with meaning for B was difficult.
Upon the introduction of the magic table 360, B was instantly obsessed; she loved the colours, the sounds and she started using her hand which was amazing (as she has very limited use of her hands).
B began slowly making noises and faces to certain games and one day when asked by another resident, who was supporting her to use it, if she was enjoying it B said ‘Yes’.
It was a magical moment.
B slowly started saying yes more and then said no to something that was offered by the carers so her vocabulary was growing again!
B also gained weight during this time – up to 5kg.
We noticed using the magic table 360 before mealtimes greatly helped in her appetite and engagement during mealtimes which I feel has been crucial in her weight gain.
B had a visit from all of her family; her daughter, granddaughter and her great grandchildren. Normally this type of visit can be quite emotional however, during this visit we used the magic table 360 on her bed.
The great grandchildren were fascinated and B came to life once again; tapping bubbles at the same time as her great grandchildren. This led to them asking her questions and she would answer ‘yes’. One of them said she loved B and she answered yes and rested her hand on theirs.
I would be lying if I said there was a dry eye in that room.
The team no longer worry about what activity to engage B with as they just take the table with them and spend time with her and the care team enjoy the engagements and feel empowered to do activities alone.