Dementia Support Northwest, Right at Home and CTK Skagit are working together to host a
Virtual Dementia Tour July 25th 11am-4pm.
The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) series was developed by Second Wind Dreams® to help people caring for those with dementia provide better care and better understand the needs of those suffering with the disease. Right at Home Northwest has been trained and licensed to provide Virtual Dementia Tours since 2013.
Caring for those with Alzheimer’s / Dementia requires empathy, patience, and special care. But how can people be empathetic when they have never experienced dementia?
The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a dementia simulation that was created to teach people the physical and mental challenges of those living with dementia. It is a scientifically proven method designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. The VDT® offers hope to caregivers, providing tips and tools necessary to create an environment that supports the needs of those with the disease.
The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) helps those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s / Dementia to identify with and understand their behavior. When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s / Dementia, it affects everyone in facilities, surrounding communities, families and friends. The VDT®is designed to give caregivers hope through better understanding of this disease.
Experts agree that education and proper training are the best ways to help caregivers to provide better care. The Virtual Dementia Tour® hopes to assist in this effort, by providing an experience that will help you better understand the issues facing both the caregiver and the loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Research has demonstrated that caregivers of cognitively impaired loved ones over-estimate their loved ones’ functional performance in telling time, counting currency, making change, brushing teeth, and using eating utensils. This misunderstanding of ability can result in anger on the part of the caregiver and frustration on the part of the loved one. -(Right at Home, 2019)