Tesco employees experience what it is like to live with dementia

Ideas on how to help people living with dementia to lead a fulfilling life without barriers have been hitting the headlines recently.

Four Seasons Health Care’s Regional Manager for Grampian, Sylvia Nicoll has been leading the way in Forfar by arranging for employees at a supermarket chain to undertake the Four Season’s Dementia Experience.

Sylvia Nicoll said: “People living with dementia can still lead fulfilling lives and do the things they enjoy doing. I believe it’s our approach as professionals, whether in the health care sector or other sectors, that needs to adapt to remove any barriers that may be in the way. We’re delighted that employees from Tesco want to take part in the experience so they can enhance the lives of shoppers in their stores.”

On Wednesday 10th May, Tesco employees will undertake the Four Seasons Dementia Experience. The Dementia Experience attempts to provide participants with a taste of what living with dementia might be like. Participants have their physical senses temporarily impaired with a variety of props, and are then asked to complete simple daily tasks, such as pairing up socks, buttoning a shirt and laying a table. The experience can be frustrating and distressing in equal measure, and provides a glimpse into what it might be like to be living with dementia.

The Dementia Experience is part of Four Seasons Health Care’s new approach to dementia care, the Dementia Care Framework. This pioneering approach is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional well-being, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs. There are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident Charters and Family Charters.Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

Sylvia Nicoll added: “The teams in our homes are all receiving this experience as part of their dementia training. Offering it out to organisations in the local community is a logical next step. It also ensures people living with dementia have the understanding and support of the community’s they live in, to help them lead a fulfilling life without barriers.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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