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Virtual Tour Allows Families To Walk in Shoes of Older Adult Loved Ones with Dementia

Second Wind Dreams® (SWD) has announced the relaunch of its Family Edition of the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT).

SWD has revamped the Family Edition to be more user friendly by lessening the clinical approach and implementing more practical approaches to dementia care. The Family Edition also includes a Family Guide, used post tour to provide strategies for empathetic care based on the family’s newly discovered knowledge gleaned from the VDT experience.

The VDT provides families with a learning opportunity by giving them the chance to walk in the shoes of their older adult loved ones. Participants are placed in a “normal” living situation and asked to perform simple tasks. Within seconds of receiving instruction, the participants experience and react with evident, dementia-like behaviors. These behaviors include repetitive actions, verbal abuse, refusal to follow directions, rummaging and subvocalizations, negative self-statements, and withdrawal. The experience allows participants to clearly see causes for depression and withdrawal in older adults.

The Family Edition is one of three editions of the VDT, which also includes the Group Edition. Health care providers, including hospitals and long-term care communities, have embraced the Group Edition to provide this training program to individuals worldwide.

Source.Second Wind Dreams. (2014). Re-launch of Virtual Dementia Tour® to Provide an Interactive Experience for All [Press release]. Atlanta, GA: Author.

Web Site Offers Free Kit to Help Prevent Health Care Injuries in Caregivers and Patients

NoInjuries.com is offering a free support kit to help prevent health care injuries to both caregivers and patients.

Developed by Handicare US, the NoInjuries.com “Facility Support Kit” includes (a) handy assessment guides for conducting a facility self-assessment, (b) helpful hints on organizing a team and changing the workplace culture, (c) an early patient mobility guide, and (d) ongoing updates.

However, the kit is only one element of the NoInjuries.com initiative. The Web site features up-to-date news, educational materials, easy-to-implement tips, and tools and resources to use throughout the workplace. Six critical hazard areas are spotlighted, including (a) patient handling, (b) sharps and sticks, (c) infections, (d) slips and falls, (e) work-place violence, and (f) patient safety.

The kit is available to download at http://www.noinjuries.com/resources/facility-support-kit.

Source.NoInjuries.com Offers Free Support Kit to Help Prevent Healthcare Injuries to Caregivers, Patients.” (2014, July 21). Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://prn.to/WN40qH.

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