The Fremantle Trust, a registered charity and not for profit organisation which provides care and support services for older people and adults with learning disabilities, wanted to enhance its facilities within its residential home, Carey Lodge, with equipment that would enhance the lives of its residents through greater interaction and stimulation.
Carey Lodge, in Wing near Leighton buzzard, provides specialist residential care for older people, including those living with dementia.
The trust approached experts in motion-activated interactive technology, OM Interactive, to provide an interactive projection solution that would be portable and flexible in terms of usage. It needed to be able to be used in multiple rooms, some of which are very bright and airy, and also adaptive to residents’ limitations in mobility.
Rather than a static installation that would limit the centre to use in only specific rooms, OM Interactive introduced the trust to its Mobii interactive system. Mounted on wheels, the unit is fully portable to move from room to room and has height adjustment so that it could project imagery onto bedsides, dining tables or floors.
The unit is equipped with a high brightness, high resolution Optoma W320UST ultra short throw projector and 100 apps that encourage interactivity. Designed to stimulate, relax and provide opportunities for shared enjoyment, the apps include interactive quizzes to encourage discussion and memory recall; scenes and sounds from nature including virtual water effects and therapeutic colouring; social games promoting physical dexterity and joint effort and nostalgic themes and music to stimulate conversation and support reminiscence work.
The bespoke OMi Motion sensor built into the unit analyses movement which is translated by OMi’s interactive software which then dynamically changes the projected image in response to the movement.
As well as the standard apps, users can also add personalised apps by uploading images, videos and music for greater meaningful engagement and for person-centered activities.
Sue Faulkner, Community & Lifestyle Manager for The Fremantle Trust, said: “I was absolutely amazed at how active and involved our residents became when we introduced the Mobii. When we projected the coral reef with fish onto the floor they all began to dip their feet with one resident exclaiming: ‘Wow, it’s like I’m paddling in the sea - how wonderful’. Another joined in saying: ‘It reminds me of my holiday by the sea. I used to have a fish like that one’.
“We have seen improvements in the well-being profiles of our residents with a few showing a significant change in their overall outlook. Our residents are concentrating for far longer than before, and more importantly, showing enjoyment from interaction with fellow residents.
“It made a huge difference to one older gentleman who, living with dementia, was no longer able to communicate with his son. His son mentioned his father used to have a passion for aircraft so we encouraged him over to the Mobii table and chose the ‘Spitfire’ app. As soon as he moved his fingers he could hear the sound of a spitfire in the distance. We encouraged him to scatter the virtual clouds out of the way as the spitfire got louder and slowly it came into view. Hearing the distinct sound of the spitfire motivated him to move to scatter the clouds and say ‘plane’ with a big smile as he pointed at it.
“We are so pleased with the contribution the Mobii has made to Carey Lodge already. It is inspiring group participation and bringing real therapeutic benefits. We are excited to create our own apps using residents’ photos, paintings and music as a way of personalising the system. This has aided reminiscence by helping them to connect with positive personal memories.”
These results were mirrored in an extensive independent research project by Care Research which studied the use and impact of the Mobii Interactive table in care settings across the UK.
The study revealed an increase in independent physical movement among the older people at care homes as a result of using the Mobii Interactive table. Often movements are first guided by staff, with home members then continuing them independently.
Some of the physical benefits reported by care homes and hospitals employing the interactive floor or table include greater socialisation with improved relationships with peers and staff; better flexibility and upper body movement/coordination; improved lucidity and brightness; more motivation to stand up, stretch and physically participate and spontaneous singing!
Mark Gilbert, Design and Project Manager at OM Interactive Ltd said: “Through our work with residential care homes and the wider health sector, we understand the value that powerful visual/aural sensory stimuli can have in maintaining and improving neurological pathways, language and communication, co-ordination and physical ability as well as emotional health and wellbeing.
“We know involving people in activities which stimulate movement, communication and mental engagement is beneficial and ultimately enhances their quality of life. Care professionals witness positive changes in emotional stability, overall mood and outlook, a sense of self-worth and belonging and social involvement in those that have used our system.
“It is particularly rewarding to see the positive impact our Mobii system is having on residents living with dementia and their families.”
The Fremantle Trust
The Fremantle Trust is a registered charity and not for profit organisation providing first class care and support services that enhance the quality of life of over 1,800 older people and adults with learning disabilities.
01296 393 000
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