Kavanagh Place set to hold unique Virtual Dementia Tour

Kavanagh Place is set to host a unique dementia training programme that will see people take part in an immersive virtual experience giving individuals a glimpse of what it is like to live with dementia.

The tour, ran by training provider Training2Care, is created to help improve care for people with dementia by giving professional carers – as well as friends and families – a 7-8 minute experience into the world of the condition.

The virtual experience takes place in a mobile van and is made up with different components to replicate the feelings and emotions associated in living with dementia. The experience takes the person through a tour that takes away their primary senses, distorts their surroundings and stimulates the physical symptoms of dementia. The attendees will also wear special goggles whilst taking part in the tour,

The tour, which see’s people experience feelings of confusion, isolation, intimidation and vulnerability, is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest that anyone without dementia can truly experience similar feelings of those living with the disease. By understanding dementia from the person’s point of view it can help develop care and practices around caring for those living with the disease to help improve lives. 

The course is in place to help challenge the stereotypes surrounding dementia, developing care practices and walking into the shoes of someone with the disease. The tour is also in place to break down the stigma of people who live with dementia are ‘challenging’ however, the experience opens up people’s eyes, that actually, people are just doing what anyone would do in their situation. 

Mark Banks, Home Manager at Kavanagh, said: “The virtual tour is a really interesting and eye-opening experience that helps us better understand the actualities of living with dementia.

“It is a truly immersive training tool that will help people think about better and more effective ways to care for people with the disease.”

As well as hosting the dementia tour van, Kavanagh will be holding refreshments in the home and trainers will be on hand to talk to attendees about their experiences.

For more information and to book a place on the course, contact Josh Johnson at Training2Care on josh@training2care.co.uk