The dementia interpreter course is designed to enable delegates to understand how to communicate with people with dementia and recognise that behaviours are often a way of telling us something.
Part of this course is experiential training and this means we are going to put you into the same position as the people that we are trying to communicate with.
The Imagination GYM is a 2 day training programme for Nurses, Care staff and activity co-ordinators working in Health and Social Care. The programme teaches delegates how to deliver effective activity workshops for people with cognitive impairment and dementia based on successful and proven Imagination GYM methodology.
We have had so many people say that the Virtual Dementia Tour is the best dementia training that they have ever had and should be mandatory for everyone who works with people with dementia. Many asked 'What's Next?' and we now have the next stage to the traditional VDT.
The Dementia Inclusive VDT means that delegates experience the VDT as they have traditionally and then go through to another environment where we have changed everything to show what their lives could be like if we just made changes to the environment and our practice.
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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.
"This was an amazing experience. It gave me an insight ot how it must feel for someone with dementia. I'd definitely do this again"
"Once again, an amazing experience"
The Virtual Dementia Tour
"Really gave me an insight and understanding on dementia and how it would be if I were to have dementia.
The virtual tour was amazing and I really enjoyed the talk with the instructor afterwards.
Its made me much more aware"
“Had a first aid and moving/ handling course today in lowestoft with Lauren today. I usually hate training courses but enjoyed today so much! Learnt a lot and my sides hurt from laughter! Thanks for making training fun”
"I really enjoyed the course it's really made me stop and think.
It's given me much more understanding and knowledge which will definitely help me with my daily work"
“Excellent training with Olivia from your team today. Thank you so much. This is the best dementia training I've done!”
The Virtual Dementia Tour
"Very good experience, it's a great insight.
Brilliant experience I believe every care worker should experience this"
"Very insightful and good presentation.
Provides a better understanding of what it's like to have dementia.
Very interactive and useful experience"
"A very intresting way to change perception of how people living with dementia experience life.
Even the spikes in the shoes brought my attention to other factors than just mental issue"
“What an incredible experience and yes, I agree with Glenn, absolutely EVERYONE involved with caring for people with Dementia should do this tour.”