Stoke on Trent Professionals take the Dementia Experience

The team at Tall Oaks Care Home in Stoke on Trent opened the doors to professionals last week as they invited them to complete the Dementia Experience.

As part of the training for the programme, everyone in the home has the opportunity to partake in the dementia experience which enables them to walk in the shoes of people who live with dementia.

“We wanted to share this experience with the local authority professionals in our area, so they had a greater understanding when it came to placing people in our care,” explains Home Manager Hannah Barrington-Parry Cahalane.

The Dementia Experience is in essence, completing routine daily tasks like pairing socks, putting CDs in cases, buttoning a shirt etc, with the limitations those living with dementia have to endure. Participants wear gloves on their hands, have goggles that have stickers on to obscure vision and white noise played in their ears as a distraction.

Hannah Barrington-Parry Cahalane added: “The professionals got stuck in with the experience, and were shocked with the way it made them feel. They said it’s definitely given them a greater sense of empathy with the people they come into contact with on a regular basis.”

Kathryn Bentham, Locality and Social Action Officer Staffordshire Moorlands, said: “The training was brilliant. A real eye opener. I want to thank Hannah and her team for facilitating it for us.”

Are you looking for a care home in Stoke on Trent? Tall Oaks Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

Date published: 15 December 2017

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