IT WAS a magical occasion when a care home used its open day to launch a new service.

Friday, November 9 saw The Andover Nursing Home hold an open day to launch its new ‘Magic Table’ and the opening of the Charlton and Austen rooms at the Weyhill Road site after extensive refurbishment.

The Magic Table, called a Tovertafel, which means ‘magic table in Dutch’, aims to connect older people in the late stage of their dementia journey with each other and with their surroundings.

The Tovertafel is a unit which is mounted on the ceiling. Inside the box is a projector, infrared sensors, speaker, and processor that work together to project games onto a table.

Colourful scenes, objects, and lights projected onto the table respond to hand and arm movements, while residents get to play with the light itself enabling them to interact and play with the games.

The games were developed specifically for those suffering with a dementia and can be played both independently and under supervision.

The home is the first in the area with a Tovertafel.

During the day, home staff also ran a ‘virtual dementia experience’ for visitors and Dementia Friends sessions, and all visitors got a Gillette Treo Razor, the first razor specifically designed for elderly care developed with Andover Nursing Home.