Scary, intimidating, confusing and a feeling of vulnerability the Virtual Dementia Tour is a ‘must have’ training for every care professional or family member who wants to understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease.
This week we welcomed the Virtual Dementia Tour to Woodleighcare and offered the experience to all staff, relatives and other professionals who support our residents.
The feedback was incredible! – “I had not understood what it really felt like”. “I understand so much better now.”
It has now been published that dementia kills more people than Heart Disease or Cancer and therefore is the largest cause of death in the UK. Indeed statistics show that one in three people that were born in the UK in 2015 are expected to die from dementia. With these statistics, it is vital that we continually improve the quality of training and start to focus on what dementia is like for the person rather than just the care giver. The Virtual Dementia Tour was invented 20 years ago in America by world renowned professional PK Beville . The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest that we can give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like.