Dementia day provides better understanding

Care chefs in Hampshire attended a dementia information day to help them better understand the condition.

Orchard Gardens, a care home in Bishopstoke Park retirement village near Winchester, hosted the event in association with the National Association of Care Catering, so that care cooks could experience first-hand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.

The virtual dementia tour is designed to not just tell people what it is like to have dementia, but to allow them to sense it. Participants have to navigate a room designed by a team of scientists whilst wearing specially designed headphones and sunglasses and being confronted with an array of disorienting and stressful stimuli.

Nikki Toomer, customer relations manager at Orchard Gardens, said: “The number of people living with dementia is growing. Understanding what it actually feels like, even for a short time, might give staff members a deeper appreciation for what dementia sufferers are going through.”

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