Grace Care Centre, run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), is a care home based near Bristol. They joined the Happiness Programme earlier in 2020 before the lockdown came into effect.
Grace Care, like all care homes during this period, found it difficult to provide meaningful and engaging activities as entertainers were unable to come into the home and restrictions were in place to prevent residents coming together in large groups.
Grace Care tackled these challenges by regular use of the magic table 360 through 1-2-1 and socially distanced group sessions. Due to its portability, the magic table 360 has been used in bedrooms too, increasing the numbers of people who’ve benefited from the technology.
Leanne Duffety, Head of Dementia Care at Grace Care Centre, said: “Since the introduction of our magic table 360 a few weeks ago, we have seen a positive effect on the well-being of our residents with reduced anxiety, apathy and restlessness.”
“Engagement levels with the table are high and this has helped to further strengthen relationships with staff and residents”.
“We have also seen an increased interaction between residents during this time, particularly from those with a diagnosis of dementia who are now benefiting from the physical and social stimulation the Happiness Programme brings.”
Leanne mentions two residents who don’t usually get along. She says “that changes when they’re both sat at the magic table 360 and they can sit and play various games with each other. When we take the magic table 360 away, that same relationship isn’t there. The magic table 360 is bringing people like that together”.
Leanne then mentions a gentleman who lives with impaired vision in one eye. She says that “finding engaging activities for him is usually hard but he seems to really enjoy the magic table 360 – especially the leaves game with the sounds of rustling leaves and popping acorns.
He also suffers with anxiety which affects his speech. The magic table 360 sessions have helped this, improving his ability to communicate. It’s been really effective”.
She adds “magic table 360 sessions have become an important therapeutic intervention, and is often used to improve mood, reduce agitation and improve overall well-being levels. Using PRN medication has side effects and can affect mobility so anything we can use to reduce the use of medication is really important to us”.
When asked whether she’d recommend the Happiness Programme to others, she says “’ Definitely get it! With times as they are, it’s something new and exciting that they [residents] would find interesting!’