To gain a greater understanding of dementia, Anglican Care staff recently immersed themselves in the virtual world using VR training developed by Dementia Australia.
The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE), uses gaming technology to provide staff and carers with the opportunity to build a more significant relationship with individuals living with dementia. Dementia Australia has developed this innovative technology, which is now available to educate and support people living with dementia, families and Staff.
The training of various Anglican Care staff, was rolled out early March through two training session’s onsite at Anglican Care’s offices at Booragul.
“The virtual reality training exceed our expectations” said Janet Sykes, Anglican Care Senior Nurse Educator.
Through the 360 degree immersive application, Anglican Care staff were given a greater in-depth understanding of how to best support a person living with dementia, and how these needs can often differ between various residents. The experience will allowed our staff to explore a moment in time as Edie, who has a diagnosis of dementia, in order to identify how best to support him to live well.
Dementia can affect an individual’s mood, problem-solving skills, language and their ability to do their daily tasks, and the use of EDIE provides the opportunity to explain its effect on perception.
“Anglican Care Staff were incredibly excited for this workshop. The experience has given staff a better understanding of what it might be like to live with dementia and experience some of the symptoms of dementia. It was incredibly insightful for our staff as they care for residents living with dementia”, said Kylie Jacques, Anglican Care Marketing Manager.
Read more about Dementia Australia’s Virtual Reality Training here.