Carers of dementia patients can benefit from Virtual Reality

Dementia cases in care homes are increasing, but carers often suffer from a lack of empathy with their patients.

It is believed that a carer has a number of factors to provide caring care for patients with dementia – even healthcare professionals showed a lack of understanding of these patients.

However, with the advancement of technology, carers can avail of real and increasing reality experiences that give mercy to patients, who report a Medical Device.

One such VR or AR experience can be built by providing a virtual virtual dementia journey (VDT) for Coaching2Care.

Carers undertaking dementia care training receive the VDT simulating the mental and physical challenges facing dementia patients. Using sensory stimulation devices and instruction, the VDT simulation probes the senses to deliver experience designed to be as close as possible to dementia.

Through this journey the carers have a sight, hearing and touch feeling in their hands and feet as they go or get them, before they are instructed to carry out basic tasks with the restrictions in place.

"With the bombardment of senses, delegates demonstrate classical dementia behaviors that we would see in the community, care and nursing environments," said Glenn Knight, managing director at Training2Care.

Knight added, "Families, teachers and staff always care that they understand why the person acts in the way they do."

Carers who took this virtual tour reported that they were anxious, lost and vulnerable.

One virtual device is the virtual tour taken by Japanese Silver Wood. They created a series of films that the audience has experienced through a VR headset which aims to give them a better taste of being a dementia patient.

"If we cannot understand what a person is experiencing we cannot make simple changes to improve their lives," Knight said.

He continued, "Dementia training focuses primarily on what is happening in the brain, so the situation does not improve practice because we are not treating the disease."

"By understanding [the lived experience of a dementia patient], "Knight says," we can ensure that we can improve practice, environments and dispositions to really make a difference.

(This story has not been edited by the Standard Business team and is automatically generated from syndicated feed.)

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