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Dementia patients engaged by innovative painting product


Care home provider Barchester Healthcare has introduced a reusable painting product designed to engage people experiencing dementia.

The Aquapaint system consists of a specially designed white mat. When water is applied to it using a brush, it becomes clear, revealing one of four colourful images.

Barchester director of dementia services Sheena Wyllie said: “It is creative and quality products like these that can add to an individual’s day-to-day enjoyment.”


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Readers' comments (4)

  • What a wonderful idea. We could use this medium in our Nursing Homes in Australia.
    I know it would be a sucess. I intend to look into it for the Home where I work.

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  • sounds like a good idea for advanced dementia but are patients allowed to paint their own pictures as well which might be more constructive for some? I hope these patients are being treated according to their own capacities and not all stereotyped and tarred with the same brush as so often and sadly happens in care today and in the society at large.

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  • I would like to know where these items can be purchased.

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  • Thank you for your comments, as you say it is important to tailor activities to every individual persons capabilities. I hope my product will provide another great activity option for people with dementia.
    There is more information available at

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