£5,000 donation for interactive table to help dementia patients in residential home
The Royal Star & Garter Homes in Surbiton, London have received an omiVista Mobii interactive table from the Santander Foundation to help support residents’ physical and mental health.
omiVista Mobii is a motion-activated projection system which creates dynamic images on a surface and keeps residents physically and mentally active by stimulating movement, memory, reasoning and recall, which is particularly helpful for those with dementia.
The projection system was purchased following a £5,000 Discovery Grant from the Santander Foundation, with staff and volunteers at the Home also helping to raise money to support the project.
The Santander Foundation offers grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to help disadvantaged people in local communities.
Volunteer for the Santander Foundation Rosemarie Swinfield helped raise almost £800 when she took part in a sponsored Memory Walk with her grandson.
Additionally, David Offield, a member of care staff at the Surbiton Home contributed £820 through a sponsored 1,000km cycle ride from Surbiton to Normandy and Dunkirk.
From the money raised, the Santander Foundation, which provides award-winning care for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with a disability or dementia, will be able to offer an omiVista Mobii table to the Homes.
Pauline Shaw, the Charity’s director of care, told the Healthcare Business: “This table brings people together through technology. It is fun and interactive, and everyone can join in. It will help our residents, especially those who are living with dementia.
“We are grateful to Santander Foundation for its donation, and the fundraising efforts of Rosemarie and David. Thanks to their efforts we will further enhance the quality of life for the people we care for.”
The omiVista Mobii came first place in the innovation and technology category at the Birmingham Care show in May 2018.
Santander Kingston Branch Manager Johnathon Muse concluded: “It’s amazing to see the projector and the benefits it’s bringing to the people that use it. It’s great to give something back to those that have given so much for us.”