Virtual Dementia Tour™

Virtual Dementia Tour™

raises awareness and encourages intuition and innovation, to build meaningful and positive connections with our ageing population living with dementia.


What is the Virtual Dementia Tour™

The Virtual Dementia Tour™(VDT™) is evidenced based education and has demonstrated experience in responding to the existing and emerging trends of dementia awareness. The VDT™ raises awareness and encourages intuition and innovation to better support and make positive connections with our ageing community.

On 1 July 2017, Churches of Christ in Queensland secured the exclusive national licence for the Virtual Dementia Tour™ (VDT™). Following internal delivery to more than 2,500 staff in 2017, the program officially launched on 1 November 2018 to extend its reach to support external organisations and communities across Queensland and beyond.

If you would like to explore the data and find out more about the program since implementation in Australia across diverse industries, please view the following documents:

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 assist you to understand what you can change to improve the quality of care based on your individual experience and learning outcomes.

How does the experience work?

The experience takes just 15 minutes to complete for each staff member, followed by a vital 30 minute group debrief session to fully achieve learning outcomes. Meaning that your staff are only off the floor for a total of 45 minutes, but the impact of the experience will last a life time.

The VDT™ learning objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of and responsiveness to dementia, to improve the health and wellbeing of our ageing population
  2. Maximise independence, health and wellbeing of people with dementia
  3. Promote dementia safe environments, reducing isolation and stigmatisation
  4. Better understand and develop strategies to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  5. Assist to address the skill shortage in the aged care industry and meet new Aged Care Quality Standards (ACQS)
  6. Reduce expressions of unmet needs, complaints and incidents reported by families and staff

The VDT value to your organisation

  • Experiential learning that immerses people to empower a head to heart connection, to improve the level of understanding of the multi-sensory impacts experienced daily by a person living with dementia
  • Training is evidence-based, and adheres to adult learning principles
  • The VDT is delivered through a unique service delivery model and can be delivered in your workplace location(s) across Australia

 

Background of the Virtual Dementia Tour™

P.K. Beville is founder of Second Wind Dreams®, an international non-profit organization based in Roswell, Georgia. Launched in 1997, it is changing the perception of aging by fulfilling the dreams of those living in elder care communities, thereby enhancing their lives and changing society’s perception of older Americans.

A geriatric specialist and national speaker, Beville began working with elders in 1983. She has designed and implemented mental health services programs, which are currently used in 800 nursing homes throughout the United States.

Beville holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Georgetown College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Her post- graduate work was conducted for the development of the Virtual Dementia Tour® which is currently used in eldercare communities throughout the world.

Over two million people across 22 countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour™. 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. 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.

 

Strategic partnerships

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

An estimated 436,000 Australians are living with dementia. The growing numbers of people living with dementia requires a shift in how we respond as individuals, organisations and communities. LASA commends Churches of Christ in Queensland for being at the forefront of delivering innovative, cutting-edge models of care for people with dementia.

Providing age services to people with dementia requires specific skills and approaches. With research constantly building on our understanding of dementia there are new and emerging models of care to support people living with this condition. This amazing initiative, Virtual Dementia Tour has the capacity to close the gap for health professionals, carers, friends and families and as a result see a social movement of changing mindsets on dementia in Australia.

It is imperative that our community are better informed so that we all can contribute to making a difference in the lives of older Australians with dementia. Collectively we help tackle social isolation and stigma through education and awareness and the VDT plays a key role in achieving this.

Kerri Lanchester
General Manager QLD
Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

 

Stakeholders who have united with us to reach our vision:

  • Stanthorpe Hospital
  • Lutheran Care Service
  • FinnCare
  • Warwick Hospital
  • Carinity
  • IRT Aged Care Service
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • Uniting Care
  • Lane Cove Council
  • Texas Hospital
  • Grey Space Architects
  • Public Trustee Qld
  • West Moreton Hospital and Health Service
  • Dementia Care Matters
  • Paynter Dixon
  • West Moreton ACAT
  • Veridia
  • Deicke Richards
  • Leading Aged Services Australia QLD/NSW
  • Norton Rose Fullbrights
  • McNab Constructions
  • BlueCare
  • Yukana Aged Care
  • MCD Australia
  • Centacare
  • Prescare
  • Crown Furniture
  • Ozcare
  • Brisbane Housing Company
  • Studio Collective
  • QCAT
  • Brisbane North Primary Health Network
  • University of New South Wales
  • KinCare
  • Brisbane South Primary Health Network
  • James Milson Village

Testimonials

What our clients have to say about the Virtual Dementia Tour™

•    Belinda Sutherland (Allied Health)
•    Andrew Wallace MP (Government)
•    Cameron Davies (Design and Architecture)

"Having participated in the Virtual Dementia Tour, I would commend this powerful personal insight of dementia to others.  It was a moving experience." ~ Alan Sparks  CEO/Director  East Coast Apprenticeships

"I have just completed the Dementia Tour with Churches of Christ in QLD, through Austcare Toowoomba. It was an amazing, learning and thought provoking experience. If you are working in aged care or have a loved one with Dementia this program will assist you to better understand dementia. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this Virtual Dementia Tour. Thanks."
~ Brenda Taylor  Student in Cert 111 Individual support, age care, community care and disability. Austcare QLD

"I would encourage everyone to undertake this training especially those who live with, interact with or care for a person with dementia. A short amount of time to give up for a huge benefit." ~ Julia Ritson RN Clifton Hospital Queensland

"Very confronting. It was a real eye opener and really affected me emotionally. I had no idea how difficult daily activities were for Dementia people. But I do now!" ~ Karen  Student with ARC Training Caloundra Community Centre

"The Virtual Dementia Tour is a very good tool to obtain a personal understanding of the difficulties faced by people who have dementia. This is particularly important for those involved in the design and construction so that we can develop supportive living environments for the increasing number of people our community who have some level of dementia or cognitive impairment." ~ John McCafferty  Director  Paynters Pty Ltd

"I enjoyed the training and will be using my newly acquired knowledge to assist care staff to understand the challenges of having a diagnosis of Dementia." ~ Sheila Whyte  Clinical Manager  Regis Musgrave, Sandgate

"Appreciative to have been able to experience the VDT.  I think it was a valuable experience and the staff were very professional." ~ Katy Hirst  Clinical Experience Coordinator  University of the Sunshine Coast

"Very good tour I did not think it would be as real as it was and the emoticons I would feel.  Highly recommend to everyone to do this that is involved with people with dementia."  ~ Jeremy Simmonds  Registered Nurse  Opal Leamington

"The Virtual Dementia Tour experience reinforces the need to continue to understand the individual people we ultimately provide built outcomes for, that is elderly residents, and it has motivated me to personally strive for better built environment outcomes." ~ George Bellas,   Director  Merrin & Cranston Architects

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