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The "magic table" bringing joy to patients

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A "magic" table is bringing joy to patients in a hospice, who are reaping the benefits of the interactive activity. 

Patients at a Penarth hospice have been using the Magic Table 360 as part of an eight-week trial. Now, the team is looking at how to raise funds to enable a 3-year contract for the device.

So, what is the magic table?

The Magic Table 360 is a projector that can be used on all surfaces including on ceilings and walls, and includes a wide range of interactive activities, including ‘painting’ photographs of locations across the UK/world and games like football and tennis.

There are also breathing exercise clips, with images of beautiful locations to help people relax.

Brian Moran, 89, has been using the device during his stay at the hospice – including  playing competitive games of air hockey. 

“Although I’m not very good at the painting with the photos of different places, it’s very educational," he said. 

“The air hockey is a very invigorating game! It really works your shoulders”.

“The whole concept of it takes your mind off things but also helps open up conversations so you can have a chat about different aspects of your life. Conversation is everything in life really”.

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Occupational Therapist, Sian Boylan said the device can provide rehabilitation, relaxation and social interaction for patients. 

“The hope is that patients feel positive and uplifted after having some fun with the Magic 360 ” she said, adding that a 3-year contract for the device, including updates, would cost nearly £8,000.

“We’re looking at ways to fund this to continue supporting patients like Brian, allowing them to have interactive sessions and protected time with healthcare assistants and even family when they come in to visit."

Inspired to act?

SUPPORT: If you’d like to speak to the team about the Magic 360 and how you can support them to put funds in place, email [email protected].

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