OM Interactive has commissioned Care Research to undertake an extensive independent research project to identify the use and impact of the Mobii Interactive table in care settings across the UK. This research involves video recording sessions and closely observing a wide range of responses to the system. Staff and carers are interviewed about the reactions they have witnessed and given the opportunity to comment on the effect the OMI Mobii is having on all who live and work in their homes.
This document very briefly outlines findings in three key areas following the completion of phase one of our research.
MUSIC / ENGAGEMENT / ENJOYMENT
A consistent theme in our research so far is the value and power of the music used in the applications. The video data and interviews confirmed that engagement, movement and perceptions of enjoyment were greatest for activities that were tied to specific, well known songs. Music was seen to trigger the sharing of specific personal memories for those with dementia as well as leading to many spontaneous instances of singing and dancing.
FACILITATION / CONFIDENCE / RELATIONSHIPS
Another key observation in the research so far is the central role the care staff play in effectively facilitating sessions using the OM Interactive table. Both the quality and nature of the interactions are highly influenced by their approach. Those staff interviewed discussed how the resource had played a key role in developing confidence and facilitating positive relationships within the home.
MOVEMENT / PHYSICALITY / SPONTANEITY
Observations revealed increased levels of independent physical movement as a key impact of the resource. Often movements were first guided by staff, with home members then continuing them independently after a short time. Spontaneously standing up to engage and stretch as well as increases in movement speed in certain games have also featured in our phase one research.
Louie Werth PhD Researcher