NEC Birmingham |  09 - 10 October 2024

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22 Aug 2023

For bed bound people there are limited options, and the Happiness Programme answers all of our problems

For bed bound people there are limited options, and the Happiness Programme answers all of our problems
The Happiness Programme, created by Social-Ability, offers a resolution to providing meaningful activities for people living from bed.

Provided in partnership with Social-Ability and designed and manufactured in the UK, the Happiness Programme uses interactive games to connect residents with staff and with each other, and research shows it improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia, learning disabilities and more.

Using interactive light projections, the Happiness Programme, which can be played independently or in a group, stimulates movement by inviting participants to take part in all sorts of different fun activities such as popping bubbles, playing the piano, colouring in pictures, sweeping leaves or interacting playfully with fish. Games are rich in colour, movement and detail, and allow people of all ages to play in a safe and comfortable environment.

The benefits of the Happiness Programme has shown to improve mood and behaviours, greater physical, social and cognitive activity, reduction in withdrawn-like symptoms, weight gain, a reduced need for anti-psychotic medications and positive impacts on relationships with care staff, friends and family.

At Acorn Lodge, a residential care home treating people with learning disabilities and other complex needs, the Happiness Programme is having a huge positive impact. Tatiana and her colleagues spoke about how they’re using the Happiness Programme and how much they love it.

They use the Happiness Programme in multiple ways. On the floor for more mobile residents, playing games like bowling and snakes and ladders or on the ceiling for residents in bed. One of the residents at Acorn Lodge is bed bound, and they use the flowers activity to provide stimulation. When they do this, the resident will watch, clap and laugh along. Tatiana mentioned how the Happiness Programme has been life changing for a bed bound resident, who she says it has been almost impossible to provide activities for. At first, she had responded to her favourite music but that stopped stimulating her after a while. When they use the Happiness Programme with her, they show her different images and Tatiana says she began to focus more and now she’s smiles and claps. She says “It’s the best”, all residents can use it whether they have mobility or not, regardless of age. For people who are bed bound, the Happiness Programme provides a resolution because of the different activity options like music, relaxation therapy and more.

Social-Ability is a leading health care technology service provider whose mission is to make society happier. The Happiness Programme is a first of a kind service that sparks laughter and happiness for everyone living with cognitive challenges, working together with innovative care providers across the UK. They’re working with many care groups across the UK and Ireland, including Barchester, Signature and more and are incredibly happy to welcome [care group] to the Happiness Programme.

 You can find out more about Social-Ability by visiting their website:

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