MHA, the largest charity Care provider in the UK are investing in Mobii interactive, motion-activated sensory projection systems which support residents living with dementia – and the effect on residents, their families and staff has been amazing.
Staff using OMi Mobii Magic Tables at MHA care homes in Falmouth, Stoke on Trent, Chippenham and London have been able work with residents like never before.
Mobii’s use of therapeutic scenes and sounds which derive from nature have been known to instantly promote feelings of calm for residents living with dementia.
With the goal of stimulating, engaging and relaxing the mind, the sensory projection technology, which is manufactured by OMi in the UK and nicknamed ‘Mobii magic tables’, comes equipped with quizzes, music and themes that have been designed to prompt conversations, spark nostalgia and maintain memory. Its use of therapeutic scenes and sounds which derive from nature have been known to instantly promote feelings of calm for residents living with dementia.
Through this motion-activated technology, residents can reach out to crack an egg and make a cake, grow a flower simply by touching it, and even dip their toes in the water as the tide rolls in – all without leaving the sense of security that their own room provides. This is made possible by the Mobii’s portable and height-adjustable properties which are able to project coloured streams of light onto any table, bed or floor.
MHA’s Operation Manager for Dementia David Moore said: “The tables provide endless possibilities for residents, their families and staff to enjoy activities together. The technology is portable, meaning everyone within the home can enjoy it.”
Read the full article on the MHA website here: Magic tables’ bring joy and laughter to care homes
MacIntyre are a charity that support and empower young adults with learning disabilities to live lives that make sense to them. We are thrilled to hear that our Mobii Interactive Projector has brought so much joy to their Supported Living schemes across Shropshire kindly provided by Shropshire Adult Care Services.
MacIntyre Area Manager Rowan Jackson told us:
‘The Mobii Interactive Floor Projector has been just amazing and is in huge demand across all our services’.
She goes on to explain that many of the people they support are non-verbal, but it is clear from their ‘giggles, smiles and general excitement’ how much they are ‘enjoying interacting with the games, music and activities.’
One of the unexpected benefits, she tells us, has been the extra exercise it has encouraged, with one gentleman losing a significant amount of excess weight due to his regular use of the system. Rowan said the feedback they’ve received from staff running the sessions has been hugely positive with many commenting on ‘how easy it is to use and how much they’ve enjoyed seeing the fun it brings given the restricted times everyone is living in’.MacIntyre, Shropshire have written to tell us that the portable Mobii system has been a ‘huge success and is enjoyed by everyone’. They currently share one of our Mobii mobile systems across many services but are hopeful that they will be able to have more systems to support the people they work with soon.
Rowan Jackson, Area Manager, MacIntyre, Shropshire.
Find out more about how MacIntyre are empowering people with disabilities providing learning, support and care for more than 1,200 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability and / or autism. MacIntyre Shropshire provide two Care Homes and Supported Living where the priority is to ensure the people they support take part in meaningful activities every day.
Carey Lodge in Leighton Buzzard Buckinghamshire provides specialist residential care for older people, including those living with dementia, in a safe and welcoming environment. Each person has a personal support plan and has their Bradford Well-being Profile regularly assessed.
Having successfully fund-raised for a Mobii magic surface, interactive floor and table projector Sue Faulkner, Community & Lifestyle Manager for Fremantle, looked forward to sharing it with the residents of Carey Lodge.
From the very first moment the Mobii was turned on she says;
‘I was absolutely amazed at how active and involved they became. It’s been wonderful to see them all engrossed laughing and chatting amongst themselves. When we [projected] the coral reef with fish onto the floor they all began to dip their feet in with one resident exclaiming; ‘Wow it’s like I’m paddling in the sea how wonderful’ and another joined in ‘it reminds me of my holiday by the sea…listen to the water, we can see the fish, I used to have a fish like that one’.
Throwing the bean bags into the puddles of paint on the floor to ‘splash’ them has been another favourite. ’I love this game’ said one of our ladies. They are often disappointed when the session ends for lunch!
Over the weeks we have seen all nine residents Well-being Profile’s improve, with a few residents showing a marked change in their outlook. Dot has thoroughly enjoyed participating in the sessions, concentrating for far longer then she has ever before and more importantly showing enjoyment from interaction with her fellow residents. When Anne takes part in the games she is more able to articulate how she feels and clearly enjoys the sense of community that arises from coming together with others.
Over the weeks we have seen all nine residents Well-being Profile’s improve, with a few residents showing a marked change in their outlook.
There have been some other very special moments too. We have an older gentleman who we’ve struggled to reach who was also no longer communicating with his son when he visited. His son mentioned he used to have a passion for aircraft so we encouraged him over to the Mobii magic surface 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 and the spitfire got louder and slowly came into view. Seeing him motivated to move and then hearing him say ‘plane’ with a big smile as he pointed at it was just so emotional for all of us. The combination of hearing the distinct sounds of the spitfire, then having to scatter the clouds out of the way to see it seemed to revitalise him for a while. Those precious moments of re-connection with his son were invaluable, we were all emotional wrecks!
We are so pleased with the contribution the Mobii magic surface has made to Carey Lodge already, inspiring group participation and bringing real therapeutic benefits. We are excited to create our own apps using resident’s photos, paintings and music as a way of personalising the system and aiding reminiscence by helping them to connect with positive memories.’
Sue Faulkner, Community & Lifestyle Manager, Fremantle Trust
Case Study: Sunrise Senior Living Eastbourne
It doesn’t sound like a huge thing but to give anyone a reason to interact in a physical and sensory way is widening their daily experience and enabling us to have an insight into the person behind the dementia. That’s pretty special.
Sunrise Senior Living in Eastbourne provides high quality personalised nursing, dementia care and assisted living.
They bought a Mobii “magic table” interactive sensory projector for floors and table over a year ago for use in their Memory Care neighbourhood, where they are dedicated to providing enriched person-centred care.
Nancy Walford, the Reminiscence Coordinator ( now Deputy Manager) talks about the effects the Mobii sensory activities has had on one particular Sunrise resident living with dementia:
‘One of the ladies we care for is quite insular within her world, she rarely opens her eyes and interacts, but since we’ve had the Mobii magic surface we have found a means to connect with her, it really has opened up her world. Now she will open her eyes and engage with the pictures on the table, she particularly enjoys participating in the nature ‘wipe’ activities.
Prior to the sensory table we have had little insight into how much she understands and processes, this new knowledge allows us to tailor more activities around her needs.
Although she is unable to communicate verbally, she is able to feedback her enjoyment by reaching forward to colour in certain images, this tells us she is seeing the picture and understanding there is something to colour like a bird or a landscape. The Mobii magic table is clearly giving her the motivation to stretch and interact with her environment and by repeating this action we know she is actively enjoying the process. Prior to the table we have had little insight into how much she understands and processes, this new knowledge allows us to tailor more activities around her needs. The table also provides her with a sense of achievement, her movements are changing the picture and she can see the product of her interactions and feel accomplished.
The Mobii magic surface has also increased her upper body mobility by giving her a reason to sit forward and outstretch her arm, it doesn’t sound like a huge thing but to give anyone a reason to interact in a physical and sensory way is widening their daily experience and enabling us to have an insight into the person behind the dementia. That’s pretty special.’
Deputy Manager, Sunrise Senior Living, Eastbourne
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