We have pledged to revolutionise the care of people living with dementia by taking pioneering dementia simulator on the road
Helping carers to understand the bewildering and disorientating
day-to-day world of people with dementia is at the heart of an
initiative being rolled out across the UK.
We are deploying a mobile dementia simulator in partnership with Training 2 Care UK Ltd
to travel the breadth of the country to give care professionals a
window into the world of dementia to increase their understanding of the
condition and revolutionise care.
The only one of its kind in the country, the mobile dementia
simulator gives those on board the chance to experience first-hand how
people living with dementia see the world and interact within it. The
simulator uses methods and equipment that alter the senses so users
experience the often frightening and upsetting reality of what daily
life can be like for someone with dementia.
The dementia simulator is the brainchild of US-based internationally renowned geriatrics specialist, PK Beville, who is visiting Abbeyfield New Malden to give a dementia master class to carers coinciding with the dementia tour launch.
April Dobson, our Head of Dementia Innovation said:
“This is an absolutely unique and mind-changing approach to dementia
care, which has completely changed my perception of what life is like
for people living with the condition. And as the simulator is fully
mobile we are able to take it into the heart of communities around the
“Through Abbeyfield’s dementia tour, we want to help carers think
differently about dementia by offering them a window into the world of
what life is like for people with this condition. It’s a world which can
be frightening, stressful and upsetting, but by learning about the
realities of dementia we can implement far-reaching and improved care
provision that is radical in its approach and methods.”
Around 20 care professionals a day will experience the simulator
training, which has been brought to the UK by dementia training
specialists, Training 2 Care UK Ltd and is endorsed by Skills for Care, the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England.
The dementia tour will also be accessible for people caring for
family members with dementia at home, as part of our commitment to reach
of out and engage with the wider communities around its 500 houses and
homes across throughout the UK.
The tour is kick-starting a year of action for dementia care to coincide with our 60th anniversary.
Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society
show that one in six people over 80 are living with dementia. The
condition currently affects 850,000 people in the UK, with the number
forecast to rise to one million by 2025.
Abbeyfield chief executive, Natasha Singarayer said:
“We have a moral sense and obligation to make a difference to the lives
of the hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who are living with
dementia. Using our resources and expertise as a leading older people’s
housing and care specialist we are on target to set new standards in the
care and wellbeing of those living with dementia.”