Care teams given an insight into life with dementia.
In addition to training developed by EveryDay in partnership with Admiral Nurses which covers dementia, delirium and depresssion our care teams are now provided with an immersive ‘virtual dementia tour’. This puts the carer in the shoes of those living with dementia.
Staff have their senses and movements restricted, and are deliberately made to feel confused as part of the experience.
The aim is to give our staff the best chance possible of understanding what people living with dementia are facing everyday. This supports their families and carers to continue in their caring and supportive role
Viv Kirby, Care at Home Manager at Crossgates, added: “The purpose of the training is to put the carers in the position of somebody living with dementia to experience, potentially, what they are experiencing, which will give them an insight into how the way we care has an impact on them.
“Everyone has found it really beneficial, a real eye-opener into the impact of things which we would do with people on a daily basis – preparing food, our approach and how we talk to people.
“I did the training myself and I found it amazing.”
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EveryDay staff work with many people living with various forms of the condition at three well-being centres and within care at home and independant living accomodation in North Tyneside and Newcastle.
The Virtual Dementia Tour is delivered by the only licencesed provider in the country Training 2 Care UK Ltd. The training is delivered in 7 languages and 20 countries.
Personal Support Assistant at Crossgates, Ashleigh McDine, said: “I had insoles in my shoes which were really uncomfortable, headphones on with sirens and music going off and I could barely see anything out of the glasses I wore.
“It was hard to go through but a good insight into how the everyday lives of people living with dementia might be.
“It was an eye-opening experience and it will definitely change the way I work and hopefully help to change the lives of the people we work with for the better.”
Maureen Rankin, a personal support assistant at Crossgates in Wallsend, added: “It really brought home how the people we support might be feeling.
“For parts of it I was absolutely terrified but it was definitely worth it. I will do my job better because of it.”
Access our specialist Dementia services
To chat to someone about our specialist dementia care available in North Tyneside and Newcastle give our friendly Customer Service Team a call Tel 0191 2877028 https://www.everydayuk.org/specialist-health-care/
Our three wellbeing centres in North Tyneside povide respite for carers and a social, safe and engaging environment for those living with dementia. https://www.everydayuk.org/wellbeing/
Tel: Michelle Clement, Wellbeing Centre Manager to discuss the service and book a free taster session at one of our centres 07368 292785
EveryDay is recruiting experienced care staff for our dementia services in both North Tyneside and Newcastle. Interested parties should contact EveryDay 0191 2877011 to talk to our recruitment team. https://www.everydayuk.org/join-our-team/vacancies/
Dementia UK https://www.dementiauk.org/
Age UK North Tyneside Admiral Nurses https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside/our-services/dementia-services/admiral-nurse/
Age UK North Tyneside Dementia Connections Services https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside/our-services/dementia-services/
Accessing Information & Advice on potential benefits to pay for carer or wellbeing services https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside/our-services/information-and-advice/