The wealth of technology now available to the care sector is an exciting, expanding market and one that Avante will explore and develop. Technology will help to support wellbeing and meaningful activity and to drive efficiency throughout the organisation.
In the spring of 2019, Avante formed an Innovations Group. Its purpose is to research and implement new technology projects and devices to achieve outstanding services, looking at safety and effectiveness, residents’ experiences and improvement to overall quality.
Our aim is to support people to live well in our care homes and improve the lives of people with dementia living at home. It can develop communication and personal well-being for both staff and residents.
Rempod at Riverdale Court
Riverdale Court residents and staff were delighted to welcome James Brokenshire, Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup, to officially open their recently purchased virtual rail carriage.
The Railway Rempod is a reminiscent or reminiscence scene that creates the feel of an authentic train carriage with replica furniture, decoration and accessories that takes people with dementia back in time and on a journey through their local landscape. The Rempod has transformed an entire room to create a familiar and stimulating environment for residents which can relieve boredom and depression whilst improving mental wellbeing and help with memory loss.
I was delighted to open this new Rail Carriage Rempod at Riverdale Court Care Home which adds to the already warm, welcoming and caring environment at the home. The installation will make a great addition to Riverdale Court and will play an important role in creating a stimulating and enriching environment for residents."
Amherst Court in Chatham, Kent, installed the Tovertafel (‘Magic Table’ in Dutch) following an overwhelming reaction from residents.
The Tovertafel is an award-winning innovation from the Netherlands, which is renowned for its cutting-edge approach to dementia care. The technology contains a series of games for people living with mid to late stage dementia and adults with severe learning disabilities. It has been designed to encourage instinctive participation, inviting engagement and stimulating a level of physical and social activity rarely seen in people living with dementia in the later stages of their journey.
The visual, invigorating Tovertafel games can be played independently or in groups and have been researched and designed to stimulate people living with dementia. Play can help with health and quality of life and the Tovertafel can create amazing moments of happiness for people living with dementia.
We are thrilled by the reaction to the Tovertafel at Amherst Court and are so pleased to be installing our second Tovertafel in Kent. We are always striving to encourage the next generation of young people to get involved in dementia care, so it is brilliant to see the local school children visiting the home and playing with the residents."
Bringing generations together
Riverdale Court teamed up with teamed up with Lingotot, a group that teaches language classes to those of varying ages.
There has been a great deal of research looking into the benefits of language learning for both younger and older minds, including vast evidence which suggests that learning a new skill such as a new language, can help delay the onset of dementia in older learners.
Working with older people in my community is something I have wanted to do for a long time now. It’s not just about the benefits that language learning can have on the brain, but also the social aspect - helping to combat loneliness and improve a person’s emotional wellbeing."
Recently residents Julia, Paul, Edna and Brian were supported by staff to take a four day holiday to Leysdown, Sheerness at Warden Springs Caravan Park.
The residents had been involved in every part of the holiday planning including destination, duration and activities for their time away, tailored all around the resident’s requests and wishes.
The residents were clearly having a lovely time. Everyone was eating well and sleeping well and it was obvious the holiday was having a positive impact on all four residents’ health and wellbeing. The holiday was wrapped up with a visit to the clubhouse to take part in the weekly quiz night. The events manager knew we were coming so he made sure the quiz was written to include everyone."