Good question and I'm glad you asked.
Both items are designed as an engaging art activity for people in mid to late stages of living with dementia. They have been trialled on people in care in the United Kingdom before being distributed to us in Australia. The founder of the Aqua Paints sought solutions for activities for people experiencing dementia after noticing a gap in services when his father was in care. He has trialled new ideas and products which are now being used by many countries. We have labelled them on the website as especially for Participants Living with Dementia or (P.L.W.D)
Both the Aquapaints and the Water Repaints work exactly the same. The participaint uses water and a paint brush to paint a blank image. A colourful image is sitting under a film which is designed to become transparent when mixed with water. The added benefit is the image dries back to a blank page. The page can be reused again for another repaint. The Aqua paint is unique because it has an outline of a drawing of the actual image underneath. This allows the participant to paint within a structure, however it's not absolutely necessary. The Water Repaint doesn't have an outline and is simply a free style water painting on top of a photographic image. The preference is entirely yours and both will be suitable for your participants based on their capabilities. Structure versus freestyle is the main difference.
Aquapaints come in a pack of five tiles with various themes. (Located on the Website under Craft / Art) A Water Repaint comes in a pack of six with one set of photographic images to choose from.
What's important is your resident can now use a tool which has an outcome of achievement. I myself found it enjoyable to paint when I did a trial. To see the detail in the images dry to a PERFECT PICTURE is pleasureable for amateur adult artists and will be for your residents alike.