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Supporting meal times and calming residents at the Refocus Day Centre

The Refocus Day Centre, a Turning Point Service, have been subscribers of the Happiness Programme for 2 years and are doing an incredible job. We spoke with Karen Lapsley, the Registered Manager and Service Manager for day service and residential service, about her experience using the interactive projector with the people they support.

“A lot of things we use on there, invaluable to our service.”

The Refocus Day Centre supports people with learning difficulties and complex needs. Individuals have a variety of needs; mental health, sensory and complex health needs.

Karen told us about one young lady who had broken her shoulder and was very reluctant to doing any physio for recovery. They discovered however, that she was happy to play with the interactive projector and stretch across the table to pop balloons, brush leaves and catch fish, so they set this up as her physio, which Karen describes as “amazing”.

She also told us they use the Happiness Programme to calm the people they support “before they go off baseline”. They use train ride, projecting on the wall so residents can pretend to be on a train ride. They use the quizzes, the puzzles, the football, the piggy bank game, balloon pop and holi sensory colour. They also use seasonal games, like firework in November for Bonfire Night or the Valentine’s petals on Valentine’s Day. Karen says for a lot of the people they support at the Refocus Day Centre, they’ve never seen anything like a fish tank due to safety issues at home, so they use pond fishing and the fish tank sensory videos for a fun activity to encourage interaction and she says the residents definitely form bonds as a result “which is lovely to see.”.

There is also a resident at the Refocus Day Centre who is easily distracted and needs support during meal times, and by using the games on the interactive projector he can be positively distracted and supported during feeding times. It also encourages him to be social whilst he focusses on his meals, which Karen describes as “great”

There is also a lady who stays half an hour later after closing times, due to parents’ needs. Karen tells us she likes to sit and listen to the radio on the interactive projector, on our own to finish her day.

“It’s quite a nice way for her to calm before she goes home”.

“I would absolutely recommend the Happiness Programme. The Interactive Projector is so portable, easy to move from one room to another. It’s amazing, when I go in first thing I do is turn it on, so when the people we support come in and it’s the first thing they hear, they know they’re in a safe space.”

Not a member of the Happiness Programme?

The Happiness Programme is a first-of-its-kind initiative helping to change the lives of people living with cognitive challenges. We use interactive light technology to provide meaningful activities for residents and patients in care homes and care settings.  For more detail on what the Happiness Programme is and how it’s helping care venues across the UK, visit our getting started page.

Alternatively, jump to our dementialearning disability and NHS pages for more specific detail on how it’s helping care homes like Barchester and HC-One as well as hospitals and local authorities such as St George’s Hospital, London and Westminster and South Kensington Council.

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