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Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour

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It has now been published that dementia kills more people than Heart Disease or Cancer and therefore is the largest cause of death in the UK.  Indeed statistics show that one in three people that were born in the UK in 2015 are expected to die from dementia.  With these statistics, it is vital that we continually improve the quality of training and start to focus on what dementia is like for the person rather than just the care giver.

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.

Scary, Intimidating, Confusing and a feeling of vulnerability the Virtual Dementia Tour is a 'must have' training for every care professional or family member that wants to understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease.

 

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What do we cover?

Second Wind Dreams

The Virtual Dementia Tour was invented 20 years ago by PK Beville who is president of American non profit company Second Wind Dreams.  

Experience training

The Virtual Dementia Tour is the only scientifically and medically proven method of giving a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like.

Improve standards

By Walking in the shoes of a person with dementia, we can start to understand the issues that they experience everyday. You will experience being confused, isolated, lost, intimidated, vulnerable and much more and therfore understand what you need to change to improve quality of care.

Improve Lives

The Virtual Dementia Tour helps staff and loved ones to truly understand that by making adjustments to our care we can really start to improve the lives of people living with dementia. 

''It helped me make sense of many things with Mum - the shuffling feet, the not hearing/making sense of things particularly - and I am sure I will be able to help her more having done the course.  Yesterday afternoon when I went in to see her I sat opposite Mum (instead of beside her, which is how the chairs are arranged) and was rewarded with her lovely smile which can light up a room, yet I haven't seen in quite a while.''

“What an incredible experience and yes, I agree with Glenn, absolutely EVERYONE involved with caring for people with Dementia should do this tour.”

Debbie Corti-Young

OMG!!! Why wasn't this available when my mum was alive and had dementia.  I now understand so much more about what she did.  Thank you and everyone needs to take this training.

James Tate

It doesn't matter how long you've worked with people living with dementia, the Virtual Dementia Tour has made me realise the need to learn more. I have worked within nursing and dementia for nearly 30 years and I truly didn't understand until today. This course must be mandatory for everyone working within dementia care.

Julian Higgins

“What an incredible experience and yes, I agree with Glenn, absolutely EVERYONE involved with caring for people with Dementia should do this tour.”

Debbie Corti-Young

My mum had dementia.She loved listening to me play the violin but she would immediately lose interest.As a result of the VDT, it was explained that you lose the ability to filter out background sounds, I bought an electric violin and played to her over headphones. Amazingly she wore the headphones,began moving her head whenever I played. 

Robert Wilson

The Virtual Dementia Tour is amazing training, thank you so much. This is the best dementia training I've done!”

Sophie Francis
WHAT'S INVOLVED?

Requirements of the VDT

The Virtual Dementia Tour can be delivered either within the mobile dementia simulator or in the workplace.The mobile unit will come to the workplace and has a self contained awning to use as a holding room and de-brief area (weather permitting). The mobile simulator is ideal for any care facility that has a safe parking area. If the workplace does not has the space for the mobile unit then we would opt for a classroom version.  We would require 2 rooms, the first for the experience and the second for use as a holding room and de-brief room.

Requirements of the VDT

Course length and delegate numbers.

It is important to all involved with the Virtual Dementia Tour that the course is both cost effective and impactful.  The course is held over a 2 1/2 hour period for up to 12 delegates and 3 courses per day.  This means that we can deliver to 36 delegates per day which helps care providers to manage the floor and release staff at different times so that quality of care is not compromised.

Course length and delegate numbers.

Who should book the VDT

The Virtual Dementia Tour is available for everyone including families and professionals. Organisations that have already completed and committed to the Virtual Dementia Tour include:

Care Providers, 14 NHS Trusts, Hospices, Universities, Colleges, Police, Fire Service, Prisons, Councils, Shopping Centers, Supermarkets, Funeral Directors.  This is not an exhaustive list but shows why the VDT is becoming the UK's most important dementia training course.

Who should book the VDT

LOCATIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How big do the 2 rooms need to be for the in-house training?

    One room is for the actual Virtual Dementia Tour experience and needs to be large enough for 4 people minimum and we must be able to control both the internal and external lighting. The second room a holding room and a debrief room which must be large enough to seat 12 delegates and the trainer.

    Experience training will bring all the equipment neccessary to conduct the Virtual Dementia Tour.

  • How long are the sessions and how long do the delegates need to be there for?

    The sessions are 2-2.5 hours long, the delegates need to be there for the full duration of the session they are booked onto, the session will comprise of the experience itself, followed by a detailed debrief that lasts around 1-1.5 hours. 

  • What size is the Mobile Unit?

    We usually advise to allow 4-5 car park spaces to be coned off for the mobile unit to be parked in.  The vehicles do have electricity but we would ask for an electrical point to be available for multiple day bookings.

  • Do we get Certificates after training?

    Yes, we issue certificates of attendance which will be accessed through our web site once the course is complete and payment is made.

  • Is there any difference if I book the mobile unit or in house training?

    The actual training itself is no different, it is just literally a different way of providing the training, and is a different cost due to additional fuel, insurances and staff cost.

Have another question or wish to find out more?
On-Site
Open
Location
In House
Mobile
No of People
12 Person
24 Person
36 Person
Monday 25th September 2017
4:00pm
Unavailable
Friday 29th September 2017
10:00am
Unavailable
Wednesday 4th October 2017
1:00pm
Unavailable
Thursday 26th October 2017
2:00pm
Unavailable
Tuesday 7th November 2017
9:00am
Unavailable
Thursday 30th November 2017
2:00pm
Unavailable
Thursday 28th December 2017
10:00am
Unavailable
Thursday 15th February 2018
9:00am
Unavailable
£430.00 (ex VAT)