In recognition of Dementia Action Week (20-26 May), leading care supplies company Spearhead Healthcare has hosted The Virtual Dementia Tour at its head office in Kilmarnock.
The interactive training day gave staff, including Spearhead’s sales and product design team and Board of Directors, along with 16 local care managers, a deeper insight into what it is like to live with a cognitive condition and how the care environment help or hinder sufferers.
Bernard Lindberg, Director at Spearhead, who also took part in the day, said: “The Virtual Dementia Tour has an excellent reputation and we can see why. Through in-depth talks, discussions and sensory tools such as the simulated dementia experience within the ‘tour bus’, everyone had their eyes opened to just how confusing and overwhelming everyday tasks must feel.
“The team is now even better placed to spot where our products could be enhanced to promote residents’ independence and dignity, or where new products are needed. We certainly came away full of actionable ideas to help customers improve the lives of those they care for – and we also received great feedback from the carers themselves.”
Participants learnt what it feels like to have sensory difficulties such as impaired vision (which might lead them to confuse black flooring with holes on the floor, for instance), being unable to tune out background noise, impaired tactile sensation and reduced dexterity. Many found the immersive dementia experience very emotional, especially if family members had a cognitive condition.
Spearhead’s range of equipment and supplies designed specifically for dementia care include adapted cutlery, coloured crockery, coloured toileting aids, clear dementia signage, and the Alerta range of coloured and wooden fall prevention mats.