How real results can be achieved with the Tovertafel
Award-winning care providers like Van Dyk Health Care work tirelessly to find innovative solutions for seniors living with dementia. This family-owned company, based in New Jersey, is an early adopter of the Tovertafel.
By introducing this interactive technology, Van Dyk has helped its seniors improve their mobility, dexterity and sensory skills. Even more, families are seeing glimpses of their loved ones as they once were. The Tovertafel has helped Van Dyk residents feel a sense of meaning and belonging.
“Families are blown away by what this technology can do,” said Pam Tokarczuk, Executive Director of the Van Dyk Memory Care Center. “The Tovertafel unlocks the imagination of our residents. And for a few precious moments, it helps our residents, our families and caregivers rediscover who these extraordinary individuals truly are.”
“For a few precious moments, it helps our residents, our families and caregivers rediscover who these extraordinary individuals truly are.”
Silverware is a perfect example of a game that helps seniors reconnect with familiar memories. Elizabeth Van Dyk: “It brings back life skills that we’ve all experienced in our own homes. It activates the mind, and it puts the body at ease, allowing seniors to be stimulated and relaxed at the same time.”
Building conversations through the Tovertafel
Social engagement is a top priority at Van Dyk. The pandemic left so many seniors in isolation for far too many months. Van Dyk is committed to reserving those conditions with a wellness plan for every senior that includes physical, cognitive and social activity. Tokarczuk believes that residents and staff need to remain active.
In doing so, these shared experiences help build meaningful conversations throughout the Van Dyk community. Tokarczuk: “And that’s exactly what families are looking for – solutions that bring everyone back to normal. The Tovertafel has been a strong ally in that effort. Even families are able to connect more closely with their loved ones, after being apart for so many months, by connecting through the Tovertafel.”