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.
The Therapeutic Colouring apps were particularly good for bringing smiles, calming agitated residents and encouraging large sweeping arm movements.
The Reminiscence apps helped to promote interesting discussions about childhood memories, holidays, sweets and shops.
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.
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!
With the Manager & Activities Coordinator of Tara’s Retreat