Council Arranges Dementia Simulator Training For Staff
Bexley hosted a range of training and information sessions for its staff, including a special virtual dementia experience, in support of Dementia Action Week (20 to 26 May).
The mobile Virtual Dementia Tour, operated by Training 2 Care, visited the Civic Offices on Friday 17 May. The fully interactive training experience gave staff the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a person living with dementia, helping to improve their knowledge and understanding.
During the experience staff wore specialist equipment which altered their senses and perception to simulate the day-to-day experiences of people with neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Across Dementia Action Week there were a range of training and information sessions available to staff, including a visit from the Alzheimer’s Society.
Cllr Brad Smith, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services said: “The theme of this year’s Dementia Action Week is about getting people to feel more comfortable and confident talking to someone with dementia.
“Dementia touches so many of our lives both personally and professionally. This training will help our staff to understand dementia from the person’s point of view. This will help us improve our communications, while potentially changing or providing new opportunities or existing enhancements for our residents and carers living with dementia.”
The Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely. This Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia that they know.
Join the conversation on social media by using #AskUsAnything. For more ideas how to get involved visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/DAW