Viewpoint staff experience dementia firsthand

“An excellent way to show staff in care homes about dementia – highly recommended.”
“Great training although I do not want to face it again – scary.”

The Virtual Dementia Tour Bus returned to Viewpoint this October. Back in 2016, we were the first employer in Scotland to have the national touring bus visit for staff training, as well as offering members of the public at Cameron Toll shopping centre the opportunity to learn more about dementia.

Operated by training2care UK, the bus allows people to experience what living with dementia could feel like through a range of headphones, goggles, gloves and footwear. It is an incredible educational tool as it gives people with healthy brains a practical understanding of what dementia might be like.

Over 60 Viewpoint staff took part in the 2 day training this year. We were also pleased to offer spaces to Viewpoint Board members and architects Smith Scott Mullan Associates. We firmly believe that by understanding dementia from the person's point of view we can change practice, reduce issues and improve lives.

Viewpoint’s Dementia Strategy 2018 commits to continuing to raise awareness and understanding of dementia. We look forward to welcoming the bus in 2019 and offering the experience to even more people.

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