Virtual Dementia Tour®

Virtual Dementia Tour®

By walking in the shoes of a person living with dementia, we can begin to understand the difficulties the person experiences every day.

What is the Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®) is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest 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 challenges and improve  lives. 

What happens during the tour?

Our trained VDT facilitators guide participants, fitted with patented devices that alter their senses, through common everyday tasks and exercises. This simulation enables you to experience real life scenarios for yourself including physical and mental challenges those with dementia face, and use this experience to provide better person-centred care.  

During your tour you may feel confused, isolated, lost, apprehensive and vulnerable . This will help you understand what you can change to improve quality of care based on your personal tour.

Feedback from some carers who have completed the tour:

  • “Everyone on the planet needs to experience this!”
  • “You are an active learner… you walk in the shoes of someone with dementia.”
  • “It’s a true head-to-toe experience.”
  • “There is an immediate and lasting change of perception.”
  • “It will touch your heart.”

Enhancing quality of life

The VDT is transformational, focusing on changing practices and sensitivity towards our elders and people living with dementia, enhancing quality of life. It assists in reducing negative wellbeing, including use of anti-psychotic medication, and supports an increase in positive wellbeing.

Benefits for carers

  • Experiential learning  making it easy for people to understand
  • Training is evidence-based, experiential and adheres to adult learning principles
  • The VDT is delivered through a dynamic, flexible and portable kit complete with high quality resources.

If you are a family member or carer, register your interest here.

Professional organisations can complete this expressions of interest form to stay informed over the coming months.

Leading the way

We are leading the way

Over two million people across 20 countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour. In an exclusive first, Churches of Christ Care has secured the Australian mainland VDT licence.

The tour supports our aim to build an environment that continually strives to understand, accept and respond positively to people with dementia and their families.  

We are committed to progressing innovative care that supports people to celebrate their personal life journey.

Our priority is to create an environment where we can better care for each other, make positive connections and enjoy a life in abundance.

P.K. Beville founded Second Wind Dreams®, an international nonprofit organization created to bring elders to the forefront of our society by enriching their lives and empowering them to age with dignity, hope and joy. Her belief is that dream fulfillment increases our understanding our elders, and plays an important role in giving them a Second Wind.

Beville took a bold step into the world of geriatrics to conquer this commitment by creating the internationally acclaimed Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT).

SECOND WIND DREAMS is a registered trademark of Second Wind Dreams Inc. and is used under licence.

The Virtual Dementia Tour will be available to care and support services, organisations, health professionals, education facilities and families in 2018.

 

 

 

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