Over the last few weeks, Ashlyn Care Home has introduced new equipment with the money raised from their fundraising efforts. This equipment opens up new opportunities for everyone at the care home and has already added value to activities and daily life.
One of the items they recently bought was a magical tablecloth. This sits on top of the table like any other would, but is made out of a material that prevents staining. This means residents can use it as an extended canvas to doodle on during activities or in their free time.
This added excitement to an afternoon tea recently, as residents were drawing pictures and playing written games with their friends. It added a completely new dynamic to their usual social activities and encouraged people to spend more quality time together.
As well as the entertainment benefits of this equipment, it also reduces paper waste – a win for everyone at Ashlyn.
Another piece of equipment that continues to impress is the new Interactive Table by tech company, Sharp. This easy to use touch-screen device has games and activities pre-programmed in that people can play in groups or individually. Many of the residents aren’t familiar with this type of technology, but the simple layout has been easy to follow and some have already picked it up!
This equipment gives residents quick and easy access to games and other wellbeing activities. It also gives people the opportunity to engage in activities outside of the usual schedule, without needing assistance. It’s already changed daily life at the care home and encouraged those who didn’t get involved with activities before, to step up and be curious. Team members also have more time to focus on the important things – ensuring everyone is safe, healthy and having fun!
After the positive effects of this new equipment, team members will be looking for new and innovative items to fundraise for and continue improving life for the residents at Ashlyn!