New equipment promotes play, laughter and joy

Testing out Barossa Village’s new Tovertafel last Thursday. Back: Tanya King, Clinical Services Manager; Bev Doulton, Volunteer; Tania Hobby, Diversional Therapist; Julie Cartwright, Lifestyle Manager; Mel Taylor, Business Solutions Specialist for Leef/Equip 4 Living and Dianne Craig, resident. Front: Residents, Priscilla Kernich, Shirley Starick and Betty Edward.

Barossa Village, Nuriootpa residents will be laughing and smiling with joy thanks to their new piece of equipment, the Dutch named Tovertafel.

The Tovertafel, which translates to ‘magic table’ in English, has only just been introduced  to Australia, and Barossa Village are the first recipients in a regional area.

The Tovertafel is designed to increase all participants’ social, intellectual and physical skills, as well as be stimulated and alert.

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Eight games, such as with lady bugs and bubbles, come with the new equipment, with an option to purchase more.

Barossa Village plan on sharing the new Tovertafel across all their residents, whether they are from supported accommodation to the memory support unit. The projector can be easily moved into any room.

Ms Mel Taylor, the Leef/Equip 4 Living Business Solutions Specialist, explained that the Tovertafel brings people

“It brings a smile to me seeing residents and staff use the equipment. I’ve gone to a lot of facilities to watch people and it gives me goosebumps… they experience emotions they may not have for a long time,” she said.

Ms Julie Cartwright, Lifestyle Manager added that it’s great for Barossa Village to be one of the first in Australia to receive this.

“We’re seeing the effect on our residents in the first few days. It’s beneficial for their social, physical and mental stimulation… and it’s just so easy to use,” said Julie.

“It’s intergenerational too, grand-children can come in and use it. We love it.”