Sunrise of Eastbourne trials Norwegian technology that helps residents exercise while ‘visiting’ locations around the world

Sunrise  |  November 20, 2018

Sunrise of Eastbourne has been utilising an exciting new Norwegian technology that encourages residents to get moving, and lets them see parts of the world from the comfort of their armchair.

Motiview, an easy-to-use, motivational technology, is being trialled at Sunrise of Eastbourne for a three month period. Through a combination of sensory impression and physical activity, the cycling equipment has the ability to transport its user to places they have been in their past, and bring memories back to life.

The team at Motiview have even filmed special local cycle routes specifically for Sunrise of Eastbourne residents and they are really looking forward to using the bikes. Routes include:

- Cuckmere Haven to Eastbourne
- Top of the Downs to the Town Centre
- The Pier to Wish Tower
- Views around the theatre area

The bikes have been made to help older people remain active and fit, and have also benefitted those with dementia, helping them relive their past. This new initiative will help to further improve the wellbeing of residents at Sunrise of Eastbourne and we hope will empower them to do even more activities. The idea behind the technology, is to motivate exercise and movement and provide cognitive stimulation for all residents, including those living with memory loss.

From this week (15 November), there will be two bikes at Sunrise of Eastbourne and each journey lasts about 20 minutes. The bikes collate data on social engagement and interaction, resistance and distance to monitor improvements and overall wellbeing. The exercises have already proven to have a wide range of benefits for those who use it: less pain, improved mobility, reduction of injury, speeding up recovery from injury and better sleep and appetite. And if that wasn’t convincing enough, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, have also taken part in this initiative and took a virtual trip to where they first met in college!

Asa Johnson, Project Manager for Activities and Memory Care, said:

Motiview is a wonderful idea that every residential care home should start using to revitalise their residents. This technology takes residents back into their past and to see their joy as they reminisce on fond memories, while doing something that benefits their physical health, which is a very special thing. This Motiview trial is just one of the many initiatives that we as an organisation are implementing to help residents, and forms part of our ongoing enriched memory care programme that also allows residents living with dementia to further improve quality of life and live well for longer.”