Virtual Reality helps care home promote dementia awareness

Virtual Reality technology was used this week to help Marling Court Care Home in Hampton run its Dementia Awareness Day.

More than 40 people from the local community attended the event on Thursday (February 7) and joined a Virtual Dementia Tour led by training provider Training2Care.

The Tour was invented 20 years ago in the USA by psychologist PK Beville as part of her research into dementia.

Those taking part were immersed in an experience that is as close as possible to someone with dementia. The tour includes using props and lighting to distort the senses.

“Dementia is a scary and confusing disease, which not only affects those living with it but the people around them. We wanted to make it a little easier for people to understand this and how they can help anyone who is living with the condition.” Says Marling Court manager Gloria George.

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