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All aboard! Grantham care home residents enjoy interactive sensory bus

Residents at a local care home have been spending time on an interactive sensory bus aimed at promoting stimulation.

Newton House Care Home, which has complex dementia services, is inviting residents to hop on board the bus, which will be visiting the home on Barrowby Road, every Monday, for the next six weeks.

Staff and residents at Newton House have been enjoying afternoons of fun on the Lottery-funded innovation bus, which aims to promote stimulation and instinctive participation through specialised games.

The specially-adapted, fully-accessible project bus features a sensory room which houses immersive technology, which enables users to move shapes, colours and objects through gesture and movement.

Newton House sensory bus (2450643)
Newton House sensory bus (2450643)

Resources include tactile story books, Easy Read resources, CDs and DVDs, ultra-violet products, music equipment, mirror balls, interactive bubble tubes, projectors, switch systems, vibrating shapes, light cubes and eye-gaze technology.

Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allows people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.

Administrative assistant Jess Critchlow said: “We wanted to do something a bit different for our residents, so when this opportunity came up, our activities team jumped on it. All of the residents, especially those with dementia, have been having a turn in the bus. Their reactions have been amazing. One lady, who is normally quite quiet, came out full of song. It brought a tear to my eye.”

General manager of Newton House Anna Senir, added: “The impact that the Sensory Bus has had in a short space of time has been incredible. Residents have shown absolute delight when playing the games. It has been a real joy to see the increased interaction from residents within our home with the bus and with each other.”

For more information on the bus, visit: www.linkage.org.uk


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