The Virtual Dementia Tour truck is visiting Ideal Carehomes teams across the Midlands and North of England this month.
Staff, friends and members of the public are invited to join sessions that give participants the opportunity to take a walk into the world of somebody with dementia and ultimately understand how it feels to live with the disease.
Studies have shown that the Virtual Dementia Tour is so powerful for carers that after participation they vividly remember the experience and reported lasting effects on their caring, including increased empathy, sensitivity, patience and an awareness of particular things like keeping noise levels down, the company says.
“This is the second time that the tour has visited our homes as we found it to be so profound in changing carers’ perceptions of daily interactions with dementia residents,” said Kristyna Hunt, marketing and PR executive at Ideal Carehomes.
The tour will take in 15 care homes from July 11-29.
The experience is “scary, isolating and confusing. This is not to be missed and will truly change the lives of people with dementia and their carers,” says Ms Hunt.
The Virtual Dementia Tour was developed by Second Wind Dreams in the United States and is operated under license in the UK by ProTrainings in partnership with Training2Care.