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Dementia simulation unit comes to Aylesbury

Dementia simulation unit comes to Aylesbury

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 8:00am 30th July 2017.

A mobile unit that simulates what it's like to have Dementia has come to Aylesbury.

It made a stop yesterday on it's tour of the country at Bartlett's Residential Home in Stone.

What's it like?

Participants wear headphones, special glasses, special gloves and even footwear that simulates pins and needles. They're then brought into a darkened room with a number of ordinary household objects, and given seemingly simple tasks to do. The light, audio effects from the headphones and other effects give the person an idea of what people who suffer from dementia have to deal with every day.

dementia tour

The mobile unit has been all over the country

Dementia tour

INSIDE: A snapshot of the room - imagine this with all the equipment on!

Dementia tour

The room simulates every day tasks people with dementia have to perform

Dementia tour

Daily tasks we all take for granted can be incredible difficult for people with dementia

Dementia tour

A laser in the corner flashes light around the room

Dementia tour

Confused - overwhelmed - how would you cope?

Renee Henry is Guest Service Co-ordinator at Bartlett's Residential Home. He tried the experience:

"Just knowing that people go through this is overwhelming, it touches you and makes you want to cry."

"Actually living it will change a lot of people's perceptions about people suffering from dementia. They will understand more about what they're feeling, seeing and hearing."

From Training 2 Care's website, who provide the mobile unit:

The Virtual Dementia Tour was invented 20 years ago in America by world renowned professional PK Beville who owns the non-profit company Second Wind Dreams owners of the VDT.  The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest that we can give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like.  By understanding dementia from the person's point of view we can change practice, reduce issues and improve their lives.

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