A Virtual Reality Dementia Training
As aging care experts, we understand the importance of hands-on experience and the vital role it plays when training caregivers. To ensure the health and wellbeing of clients, we have embraced virtual reality as an effective skill-building tool to prepare employees for real-world scenarios.
Virtual Goals for Goal-Oriented Caregivers
Designed to empower caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need to map out the best possible care for each patient, the interactive program offers many of the same benefits of training in a physical environment without the accompanying safety risks. Participants are encouraged to explore at their own pace and learn from mistakes. We believe that virtual reality training is more memorable than video or text-based learning materials and that the experience immerses learners into an environment that is safe, yet realistic.
The training provides what caregivers need to establish cooperative, caring relationships with dementia clients.
The primary goals of the VR Dementia Training:
- Engage the Learner
- Building a Foundation of Care Focused Mental Habits
- Assess Active Listening Skills
- Expose the Outcome of Actions
- Set Proper Expectations for Situational Outcomes
“We are proud to be the first home care company to invest in a cutting-edge technology that teaches through practical simulation rather than theoretical concepts. Our goal is to empower every caregiver with the knowledge and skills they need as their client’s dementia progresses.” – Dee Bustos, CEO
Real-life Skills in a Virtual World
Dementia symptoms and behaviors are ever-changing as the disease progresses. Dementia develops in many forms, but one constant is that it affects three major areas of the brain: decision making, language skills, and memory. The disease develops in three primary stages; however, each individual is affected in different ways. We found utilizing technology to mirror these phases could provide caregivers with a deeper understanding of what is required of them during each step of care.
Different from most VR simulations focused on creating empathy through the user experiencing symptoms, we created a world where the caregiver could act as themselves, interact with and care for dementia clients in a safe environment, and instantly learn from their decisions.
Navigating the Dance
While training in a virtual world, not only do caregivers learn to improve and enhance their skills, but dementia patients also benefit. Developed with core tenants from the Alzheimer’s Association and Teepa Snow’s Foundation – two of the most trusted leaders in dementia training – the modules focus on “the dance” that caregivers must navigate to be successful with a client. Wearing VR headsets, the caregiver has the opportunity to respond to the patient and see first-hand how patients may react – both in positive and negative situations. Just as dementia exhibits in many forms and differs for each patient, during the sessions, caregivers can see how their approaches lead to successful reactions from the client or where they may need improvement.
Participants in this cutting-edge training are guided through the process of how to approach, communicate, and respond to dementia patients. The practice emphasizes the need for offering dementia clients manageable choices to prevent them from becoming frustrated or overwhelmed with too many options. Caregivers are taught how to model physical movements to simplify difficult physical tasks.
Our Commitment to Professional Development
Incorporating advanced learning techniques have allowed us to empower caregivers through their mastery of skills so they can respond with aptitude and compassion. The professional development of staff is our top priority, and caregivers are the heart of what we do. Dementia patients will inevitably experience behavioral challenges, emotional outbursts, and even mood swings, and we must provide caregivers with the right opportunities to learn how to respond most effectively.
Caregivers at Care Indeed are provided with multiple, innovative opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge. Virtual Reality Dementia Training is just one example of how we embrace professional development and continuing education. The end goal – for both caregivers and family members – is to ease the pain and improve the quality of life for individuals struggling with dementia.
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