RESIDENTS of a care home have recently had a bit of magic brought in to improve their quality of life.

The Dales Care Home, in Draughton, has installed the Tovertafel "magic table" which visitors to a summer fair on August 3 will be able to see.

It was created in the Netherlands and uses interactive games to connect people in the mid-to-late stages of dementia with each other, their family members and friends, while stimulating movement.

Using interactive light projections, the Tovertafel, which can be played independently or as a group, invites participants to pop bubbles, sweep leaves or interact playfully with fish. Another game generates a series of well-known sayings and phrases, which often sparks discussion and brings back memories.

Dawn Johnson, general manager of the home, said: “We’re excited to bring a touch of magic to the residents at our home, it will make a big difference for residents who might not be able to join in conversations, or are prone to becoming agitated by helping to connect residents with the home and with each other, and it’s fun for the young and the young at heart.”

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare said: “We are delighted by the initial response. Designed to create moments of happiness, it is heart-warming to provide positive and invaluable experiences, with residents more motivated to interact with staff, family and carers alike.”

The summer fair runs between 2pm and 4pm.