For years, he stood by the highway in all weathers, ready to help motorists with breakdowns. His place alongside speeding cars has now traded Praatpaal 707 for the psychogeriatric ward in Merefelt.
For four months, Veerle van Engen worked on the interactive experience post. ”I provided it with a sturdy base and a monitor. I got the videos from the Internet and the pictures are from the Stichting Historisch Erfgoed Veldhoven”.
The experience pole is suitable for Merefelt’s 60 residents with dementia. When the big yellow button is pressed, a polygon newsreel or photo from the area of the past appears. In this way, an attempt is being made to bring back memories of the past. For example, the images on the experience pole function as conversation pieces between residents and caregivers or visitors.
Resident Margriet van Pompe is also enthusiastic. ”I find that when you press the button, you see some pretty nice things, also of the environment, and you don’t see that very often.” ”I find that when you press the button, you see some pretty nice things, also of the environment, and you don’t see that very often.” ”I like it. I do sit here extra sometimes,” she says.
The intention is eventually to place more of these Experience Poles.
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