BHA hosts Virtual Dementia Tour Bus

Published on 18th September 2019

With over 90,000* people living with dementia in Scotland, right now almost everyone knows someone with the condition.

With over 90,000* people living with dementia in Scotland, right now almost everyone knows someone with the condition.

It has been revealed that dementia is now one of the largest causes of death in the UK along with heart disease and cancer so it is vital that we start to focus on what dementia is like for the person rather than just the care giver.

With this in mind Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA), in partnership with Training 2 Care (UK) Ltd, hosted a visit from the Virtual Dementia Tour Bus with staff and volunteers able to experience and understand what it may be like to suffer from the disease.

The Virtual Dementia Tour was invented 20 years ago in America by world renowned professional P.K. Beville. The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven give people with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like. By understanding dementia from the person’s point of view practices can be changed and lives improved.

Described as ‘scary’, ‘intimidating’ and ‘confusing’ as well as, ‘enlightening’ and ‘educational’, the Virtual Dementia Tour is a ‘must have’ training for every care professional or family member that wants to understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease.

Here’s what some BHA staff said about their virtual experience:

lHaving completed the virtual tour what are your thoughts?

“It was terrifying but enlightening and educational”;

“Amazing training! Everyone should do this it was a real eye-opener”;

“Fantastic tour and quite an eye-opener. Everyone should do it”.

l How has your perception of dementia changed?

“I can’t believe how much it affects people in everything they do”;

“The bus made me see things from the other side – dementia affects every one of the senses”;

“It is scary but very educational. We all need to understand dementia and adjust what we do to care”.

l Knowing what you know now, how will you do things differently?

“I will be more patient and take time to listen”;

“I will slow down and be more aware of the difficulties sufferers face”;

“This has made me much more aware of the different aspects of dementia. We need to listen more to sufferers”.

To find out more about the Virtual Dementia Tour visit http://www.training2care.co.uk/virtual-dementia-tour.htm

 

*According to figures issued by Alzheimer Scotland.

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