Recently, companies have had great success offering simulated dementia virtual tours. They offer the chance to experience what someone with dementia goes through. The simulated experience lasts for approximately 10 minutes. If your mom or dad has dementia, this simulation is essential. It shows you everything they experience from day to day.
Daily Living for Someone With Dementia.
Dementia impacts one’s daily life. More than your memory is impacted. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s also makes it harder to see clearly, handle simple household chores, and even walk around. Someone with dementia may lose depth perception, which makes rugs on the floor look like giant holes. Difficulty seeing colors can make items disappear into their surroundings.
With these changes, it gets harder for a person with dementia to perform activities of daily living. Caregivers become necessary for everything from bathing and personal care to meal preparation and mobility. When you experience exactly what your mom or dad go through each day, you’ll have a better understanding of how to help them.
How Does It Work?
One company offering these experiences, Second Wind Dreams, takes you on a virtual tour of dementia using different devices or pieces of technology. Start with the headphones that amplify sounds and volume so that you experience what someone with dementia hears. There are gloves that limit what you feel and how your fingers move. The tour also impacts what you see through the use of special glasses. Finally, inserts in your shoes affect your mobility.
Once the devices are in place, a guide gives you a few simple tasks that you do at home. You have to do those tasks within a specific amount of time. This replicates exactly what someone with dementia goes through each day.
How Do You Find a Virtual Tour?
The number of locations offering dementia virtual tours are increasing. Currently, these tours are found in states across the U.S. The tours have also been videotaped and presented on shows like ABC Nightline and the Today Show. There’s a directory on the Second Wind Dream’s website that allows you to search for the nearest location.
While it’s normal to want to do everything for your mom or dad, you need a break from time to time. Caregiver burnout is a real problem. Talk to a senior care agency about hiring caregivers to provide respite. Use the break to go out, spend time with friends, or simply relax and unwind. Remember that you’re no good to your mom if you’re struggling. Hiring home care could be a great option.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Pleasanton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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