The unique design of Rainbow Bingo allows use by persons at various levels of dementia. High level of play involves hearing and looking at the bingo call thru use of the visual cue cards – for example, “B Blue”, and then locating this on the high level play card. The middle level of play involves matching the large, colored chips to a matching colored circle on the middle level playing card. People of different levels, with different play cards can play together. Includes laminated cards (4 high level and 3 middle level), pawns, large chips, calling cards, and user guide.
MindStart products are designed by an occupational therapist, based on research concepts and testing with dementia patients, to help meet these needs. Features include activities that are:
Simpler – Patients with dementia need things that have less steps, less detail, and less ‘figuring out’. These are all incorporated into the design of MindStart products.
Adult-oriented – Children’s games, puzzles, and books are not appropriate activities for adults with dementia. Instead, MindStart uses images and themes ofeveryday adult life to help stimulate memories and provide opportunities for reminiscing.
Just Right Challenge – The best dementia, or Alzheimer, products are items that help provide mental stimulation for patients without being too challenging. The MindStart product line offers a continuum of products, some with different levels of play within one product, to help people to be engaged at all stages of dementia.
Help for Caregivers – Activities for dementia patients at home can keep the person engaged, helping to reduce unwanted behaviors. MindStart dementia products have been shown to be activities that require less caregiver oversight, helping to ease the demands on caregivers.