Erik Zwiers made this short documentary about the use of CRDL with people that suffer from dementia and their environment, filmed in two Belgian care homes. By bringing together different perspectives of care workers, informal caregivers and a reflection by Professor Anne-Mei Thé, it shows how CRDL is being used as a social intervention in elderly care.

The University of the Netherlands is holding five lectures on often-forgotten issues related to care for the elderly and ageing in general. We ask researchers to share their perspectives on this topic and to suggest possible solutions. The CDRL was also discussed during this session.

Professor Erik Scherder speaks on the importance of touch for people who suffer from dementia. “The brain area related to touch remains active, even if you are suffering from dementia.” “You stimulate those areas that are still functioning.” “People touch elderly people less than anyone else.” “This is something we observe and can confirm in practice, day after day.”


Users share the story of their experience with CRDL.

Clients tell the story of their experience with CRDL.

CRDL makes new contact possible for children and adults who struggle with communicating and social interaction, for example, people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities. This new way of communication between family members, carers and clients can provide significant added value to all those involved. CRDL has received high appreciation ratings from family members, carers and specialists.

User experiences with CRDL

How can you communicate with someone who is living in another reality? Who’s there, but at the same time isn’t? It’s sad and painful to lose contact with someone you love. CRDL provides a new means of communication between family members, carers and patients, and can have significant added value for everyone involved.

Management experiences with CRDL

In the future, creative product solutions will play a greater role in care. CRDL helps break the isolation of people who struggle to communicate or with social interaction. The instrument makes a form of contact possible whereby the users can contribute equally, regardless of their cognitive ability.

CRDL receives high appreciation ratings from family members, carers and specialists.

"I instruct people on how to use this instrument. The CRDL (cradle) is an interactive healthcare instrument which translates touch between people into sound. This provides a new way to make contact for people who have difficulty with communication and social interaction. It’s an excellent tool for making contact!"

Jacinta van Hesselingen , Neurological Music Therapist, Owner of Veerkracht Muziektherapie..

"Every Monday we spend a couple of hours operating the CDRL, an ingenious communication instrument, the CRDL. This sound-producing instrument clearly has a positive effect on their enjoyment of life for those residents who use it. It is very subtle; no pressure, they only have to take part if they want to. They enjoy it. It reawakens many stories and beautiful memories. If you want to know what CRDL is, take a look on YouTube. It’s a lot of fun!"

Joost Kreuger, CRDL volunteer Laurens Stadzicht dementia home.

"CRDL, what an amazing healthcare instrument it is! Making contact via sound by touching each other and the CRDL."

Stanley van der Kuil, Individual support worker at Laurens Stadzicht dementia home .

"In assisted living centre the Heidehiem Residential Care Centre CRDL is also used in various areas. Students of the Drenthe College have been introduced to it and everyone is very impressed. It has a surprising effect on residents. Excellent communication instrument."

Wies Beekelaar, Activity therapist, Healthcare WZC Heidehiem, Emmen.

"It may be an expensive gadget, I’ll admit it. But during my first three times using it, CRDL was worth every penny… Moments of contact are more valuable than the money it costs! Highly recommended, version 2.0!"

Annemiek van den Bosch-Franssen, Day Centre Coach, Laverhof Care organisation Laverhof in Heeswijk, department Lindelaan.

"It’s terrific. I have tried it out with our residents, too. It’s really wonderful!"

Corina Wouter, Hostess/Carer, Wever Foundation, De Kievitshorst, Tilburg.

"Truly a great device for making contact with people suffering from dementia."

Denise Voogt, Denise Voogt (geriatric nurse).

"The instrument helps to break people's isolation. CRDL is an easy-to-operate instrument that is very accessible and the effect is immediately visible."

Wytze van der Meer, Music Therapist at Stichting Maeykehiem.

"I support clients in the various stages of dementia. We recently started using the CRDL. It is quite touching to see how clients react to it. You see an opening being created, to enable us to make contact through music and sound. You can tell by the smile that appears on someone’s face. This also makes me happy. Using the CRDL doesn’t only touch the client, but also the carers and the family. It is such a special moment when you can take people out of their closed world. It’s lovely. Not everyone who is in the later stages of the dementia process wants to be touched by other people. But that isn’t necessary. One of our clients placed both hands on the CRDL and discovered that it produced sound. She spontaneously began to mimic this sound. Such a moment is really precious. I’ve also seen carers who are relatives of the patient become enthusiastic about using the CRDL. One of the family members has now signed up as volunteer to help use it in a residential group. That really makes me happy."

Corine Lenting, specialised carer at ZorgSpectrum.

"Our main aim as Alzheimer Nederland is to give people with dementia. the highest quality care and attention. We can see that people who are in the final stage of the illness, when they are most difficult to reach, are still able to make contact with others via the CRDL. This has a huge value to everyone involved. The CRDL contributes to making contact possible with people who are often closed off from the outside world as a result of their illness. It takes some time, but it generates so much."

Hans Eimers, Chair Alzheimer Nederland, Lekstroom area, the Netherlands.

"Fantastic! Beautiful design. And the interaction between 2 or more people in particular is important. A great way to really reach each other. Better than professional contact."

Jacobien Wegink, Personal Welfare Supervisor at Cordaan, Eben-Haezer, Amsterdam.

"What a great invention! Fascinating. It’s beautiful to see how my family member reacts to it. Incredible."

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"It seems like people simply wake up, as it were. They look up, and sometimes tears run down their cheeks. It’s so special to see the effect on our residents. For the family, it means a new form of contact, because dementia often results in them losing their usual forms of contact. The CRDL already seems to provide significant added value to the lives of the residents, but also to the family and staff."

Paula Jager, Head of Care at Savelberg Centre, Gouda.

"You arrive in a world where you can meet and speak to each other... but without using words. A world without right or wrong. A world that makes no demands. A world between you and me"

Annet Koelman, client and well-being coordinator at Martha Flora Care Centre, Hoorn.

"It is great to see. I did this at Aafje Care Home at the ‘t Ronde Sant in Ridderkerk, with my husband who has dementia."

Henny Rijnberk

"It’s a tool to also encourage physical contact. Especially between a couple or with their children.
It relaxes people who are restless. It has something magical.
Without thinking, just doing…
and experiencing contact without speaking."

Medewerkers Martha Flora Hoorn, Employees at Martha Flora, Hoorn.

"It’s like they have woken up from hibernation."

Dr. Anneke van der Plaats, social geriatrician and author of 'De dag door met dementie' and 'De wondere wereld van dementie'.

"The CRDL is a real discovery."

Drs Marc J.M. Petit, Director Scientific Research, Alzheimer Nederland.

"The CRDL makes a whole new way of communication possible, thanks to its simplicity."

Prof. dr. Luc de Witte, Professor Technology in Care, University of Maastricht.

"Everyone with dementia is homesick. CRDL helps those people come home."

Gerke de Boer, staff nurse and author of 'Het demente brein' and 'Zo doen we dat hier'.

"Residents react beautifully to it! One resident said: you’re not allowed to get rid of it, ever... You see people cheer up when they hear the sounds."

Trea Nuis, physiotherapist, Amie Care for the Elderly, Meerleven Bodaan, Bentveld.

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