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Romford carers take virtual reality tour inside a life with dementia

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 December 2016

Lodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from dementia. Home Care Manager Carly Rochester

Lodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from dementia. Home Care Manager Carly Rochester

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Carers, which provide support to elderly people, experienced first hand life with dementia.

Lodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from dementia.Lodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from 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.

Lodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from dementia. MD John Timbs and Glen Knight by the busLodge Group by the Dementia Bus which is giving people the opportunity to experience what it is like to suffer from dementia. MD John Timbs and Glen Knight by the bus

“Some of our staff got quite emotional, when they realised what their clients had to go through.”

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