A non-slip table-setting place mat for people with Dementia
Setting the table is a task which is low risk and yet engages with the homebuilding instinct, so strong in many with Dementia. Engagement in these types of tasks are beneficial, and this place mat enables another simple and worthwhile activity promoting self-worth and satisfaction.
As the effects of dementia increase, the kitchen becomes an unfit environment to engage in and alternative “normal household tasks“ are encouraged, in order to maintain self-worth and fulfilment. One of these tasks being to lay the table; the problem is that many people forget how to.
The Platzmat’s purpose is to encourage continuing engagement of people with Alzheimer’s in laying the table whilst providing clues to aid the failing memory. This is simply achieved by producing a non-slip place mat which has high contrast pictograms of where the plates, cups, and cutlery go, thus providing both a guide as to how to lay the table properly and also to maintain an active and worthwhile activity for the dementia resident.