Romford carers take virtual reality tour inside a life with dementia
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 December 2016
Carers, which provide support to elderly people, experienced first hand life with dementia.
Members of staff at the Lodge Group Care, in South Street, Romford, took a tour in a virtual reality bus, which reproduced the effect of living with the disease as part of their training last week.
Participants wore gloves, goggles and headphones playing white noise and the experience aimed to show how living with dementia diminishes cognitive skills and sensory abilities and reduces dexterity.
Staff were then given instructions to pick up objects around the bus, which re-created a living space and they were able to talk about their experience afterwards.
Managing director of the Lodge Group John Timbs said: “The experience was really positive and made people feel what service users are going through day in and day out.
“Some of our staff got quite emotional, when they realised what their clients had to go through.”