Author: ominteractive

18 Jun Alzheimer’s Show 2018

The Team at OM Interactive thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many inspiring people at the Alzheimer’s Show, Olympia 2018 so thank you for taking the time to come and talk to us and share your stories.

Our Care Consultant, Anna Park, had great feedback to her talk on the Benefits & Purpose of Motion-Activated Projections in the Exhibitor’s Theatre and we were very pleased to work alongside Sunrise Senior Living who also had one of our Mobii interactive tables on their stand.

We will be in touch with all those people who have requested a free demonstration and look forward to meeting you again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Jun The Journey from Sensory Rooms to Adult Care…

Background to the Development of our omiVista Mobii table System

OM Interactive were the first company to design and install interactive surfaces in Sensory Rooms, Day Centres, Care Homes and Special Schools from 2005.

We are proud that our interactive sensory floors and walls have given thousands of children and adults with wide ranging abilities the opportunity to move, learn, explore and enjoy a huge range of topics/activities through movement and gesture. A powerful way to influence their environment and one that is liberating for those who find conventional forms of learning and playing difficult to achieve.

Our interactive table was first introduced to enable more curriculum led topics to be presented at a height that would suit wheelchair users and to enable educators to have a group of learners actively interacting together in a more controlled/safe and focused way, particularly beneficial for those who might find the moving floor disorientating/distracting or who would prefer to do seated activities. 

It was easy to see that a table projection system would also have unique advantages for some of our older users and we felt passionately that older adults (particularly those with dementia) deserved to have a system that was tailor made for their use. So after much research and expert consultations we designed the Mobii, a mobile projection system on wheels that would fit over any size table of whatever height and could be taken from room to room or even shared between sites. (For those who prefer to have it fixed on a ceiling we have a system for that too).

The Care Suite of Content

The Content was developed by our Health and Education Consultant, Anna Park, a qualified teacher and trainer who began her career as a Day Centre Social Worker running activities in a Multi-Purpose Day Centre 25 years ago. There she learnt the importance of social activities like singing, music, dance, art & crafts, cookery, nature visits, quizzes, computer skills and reminiscence therapy, seeing first-hand how important it was to physically connect and engage with the adults in her care.

Access to the beauty and sounds of nature ( hugely important for wellbeing) and the world around us is not always achievable on a daily basis with staff limitations and physical restrictions, so when designing the content for the interactive table it was important to ensure that it provided as much variety and appeal as possible. The team at OMi worked closely with experts in the field and building on recent research, particularly the findings at the Universities of Worcester & Sheffield [Jodrell/Astell Brooker/Upton/Dominic] regarding Dementia & use of intuitive Technology, designed a system that would provide meaningful, person-centred activities for all adults in care. Each application is trialled and tested for suitability at every stage and each application can be adapted to alter the speed & reaction time to suit the individual user with a simple remote control:

The Variety and Purpose of the Apps

The Mobii system has unlimited content and can be customised with personalised images and music that are directly relevant to those in your care. It also comes complete with a suite of content of Apps that have been specially designed to stimulate, engage and encourage active participation:

Apps that take users to places they can no longer visit: experiencing a virtual coral reef with moving fish and rippling water; the ambience of an alpine lake; the colourful northern lights of the Arctic; the summer buzz of a flower meadow with bees and butterflies and the babbling of a hilltop stream and waterfall.

Apps for reminiscence therapy that help to trigger happy memories and discussion of life histories; the old fashioned sweet shop, favourite films, school days, summer holidays and baking day with Mum.

Quizzes that help to stimulate memory, reasoning and recall as well as a way of measuring changes in cognitive ability.

Therapeutic colouring that relaxes through physical activity, using gently sweeping hand/arm movements as well as bringing the beauty of nature indoors.

Games that maintain and stimulate reflexes and hand/eye coordination and encourage social interaction, a sense of teamwork and most importantly the opportunity to have fun again.

Ongoing Development and USP

With over 200 Applications created and more being designed as a result of our latest Dementia Care Trial, this system offers a world of experiences and will provide interactive activities that can really make a difference to those in your care.

The omiVista systems provide a large-scale interactive area that cannot be compared to individual use of tablets and other devices. This is a social tool that embraces everyone leading to shared memories and collective experiences.

There are estimated to be 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Research continues to show that…

‘Technology has the potential to enhance many aspects of both the lives of people living with dementia and their carers’ 

Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester.

(The Tinder Foundation ‘Dementia & Digital’ Project Sept 2016)

We are witnessing how technology can actively slow down the deterioration caused by passivity and isolation and help to maintain a sense of identity through the interactive exploration of reminiscence content, the provision of a wide variety of subjects/themes/music as well as games and physical challenges to stimulate and engage the senses.

We at OMi are dedicated to ensuring that our Mobii system continues to provide an ever widening variety of experiences, recognising that every person has different life histories, memories, personalities and tastes, they remain individuals in their own right. We don’t believe that a ‘one size fits all’ approach can adequately meet the needs of a diverse population so will continue to expand the activities and adaptability of content we offer, treating each of our users with the dignity and respect they deserve.

 For more information regarding the research behind our content please email care@omi.uk

OM Interactive Development Team June 2017

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05 Feb Sunrise Senior Living Launch The Mobii Interactive Table

 

We were delighted to be at the launch of our Mobii table system into the Sunrise Senior Living Community on January 31st.

It was such a pleasure to see residents and staff engage with it so much and hear the positive comments of family members and visitors from the Eastbourne community.

The Mayor of Eastbourne formally unveiled the interactive table by cutting a virtual ribbon on the magical surface.

We hope all of our Sunrise & Gracewell Community residents will continue to enjoy creating new happy memories around their mobile Mobii tables.

 

 

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20 Jun Care Trial in partnership with University of Hertfordshire and Tara’s Retreat B&M Care Home St. Albans

We were delighted that Tara’s Retreat Care Home ( part of B&M care group of homes who specialise in dementia) agreed to undertake a Care Trial with us in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to assess the impact of our omiVista Mobii System on the lives of those with dementia and other age-related needs.

 

The Trial ran from March 2nd till June 2nd this year and assessed changes in the resident’s overall mood, physical dexterity/energy levels, willingness to communicate and socialise and their enjoyment of the wide-ranging activities the Mobii system offered.

 

Activities Coordinator Tamara used the University’s questionnaires each time the system was used and evaluated the responses accordingly.

 

Some of the main findings regarding the different Apps/Activities:

 

The Catching apps eg chickens laying eggs and ice-cream chase were particularly beneficial in encouraging physical movement and social interaction/teamwork, with many residents standing up and stretching to complete the task as well as encouraging other residents to catch items that moved towards them.

 

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The Therapeutic Colouring apps were particularly good for bringing smiles, calming agitated residents and encouraging large sweeping arm movements.

 

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The Reminiscence apps helped to promote interesting discussions about childhood memories, holidays, sweets and shops.

 

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Scattering rose petals, bees, top hats, balloons etc with catchy memorable music also encouraged active participation and ‘feel good’ responses including group sing songs and lots of laughter.

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The full report is now being compiled with data from those sessions.

 

 

 

 

A big thankyou to all the staff and residents of Tara’s Retreat for their participation in this trial and their wonderful responses to our technology. We think the photos speak for themselves!

1Tara's Retreat Flowers                  With the Manager & Activities Coordinator of Tara’s Retreat

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31 Mar The OMi Team at Naidex with Noah


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A big thank you to everyone who came to see us at Naidex 2017!

Special thanks to our amazing ambassador Noah & his Mum Shelly, for inspiring visitors with his use of our omiVista Sensory Floor!

As a VIP guest he was invited to close the show and had a photo call with all of the organisers.

Book your free demo today and see how our interactive systems can make a difference to those in your care.

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28 Mar Noah Wall is a VIP @NEC Naidex this week

 

Banner Noah 900Our fantastic Ambassador Noah (& his Mum, Shelly) have beenNaidex Stand NEC 2017 1 invited to close the Naidex Show on Thursday 30th March 2017.

 

Come and talk to them about his incredible sensory journey, (Channel 5’s The Boy who Grew a Brain), on our Stand E38 on Wednesday & Thursday this week @ NEC Naidex.

Follow us on twitter @OMinteractive1 @HugsForNoahNoah on sweets1Noah Naidex 2

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03 Mar Noah’s 5th Birthday Gala Saturday 4th March 2017

 

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Our Ambassador Noah Wall will be celebrating his milestone 5th birthday this Saturday at St James’s Park Football Stadium, Newcastle and we’ll be there with our omiVista interactive sensory floor to join in all the fun.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!!!

Thankyou for helping others to see what can be achieved with sensory stimulation!

 

We are so proud to have you as our ambassador, wishing you a wonderful night & a fantastic year ahead of you xx

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03 Oct Introducing our OMi Ambassador Noah Wall #TheBoyWithNoBrain

Here at OM interactive we are very proud to have Noah Wall as our Ambassador. In one of the most moving episodes of DIYSOS ever, the nation wept as they watched Noah move independently over our sensory floor for the first time. Noah is a fantastic Ambassador for us because he has defied all medical opinion to achieve far more than was ever thought possible with just 2% functioning brain tissue.

 

As part of the DIYSOS Big Build,  the team at OMinteractive were happy to provide the family with the latest in sensory technology equipment, an omiVista interactive floor  to encourage & stimulate Noah who was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, hip dysplasia and is paralysed from the waist down. Noah’s daily use of the system and his family’s unending encouragement over the last few years have enabled 4 year old Noah to make the most incredible advances both mentally and physically.

 

He is such an inspiring, cheerful, talkative boy who loves music and attends mainstream school one day a week.

 

Don’t miss the full moving story of #TheBoyWhoGrewABrain on Oct 11th @ 10pm Channel 5 next week. Noah we are so proud!

 

Follow Noah’s story at www.hugsfornoah.co.uk

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