Anglican Care Staff experience life as a dementia resident
Staff at Anglican Care will be immersing themselves in the virtual world in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of dementia. The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE), uses gaming technology to provide staff and carers with the opportunity to build a more significant relationship with individuals living with dementia. Dementia Australia has developed the innovative technology, which is now available to educate and support people living with dementia, families and Staff; it is expected to have a positive impact on individuals affected by dementia within Anglican Care services.
Through the 360 degree immersive application, staff will have a more in-depth understanding of how to best support a person living with dementia, and how these needs can often differ between various residents.
The experience will allow Anglican Care staff to explore a moment in time as Edie, who has a diagnosis of dementia, in order to identify how best to support him to live well.
Dementia can affect an individual’s mood, problem-solving skills, language and their ability to do their daily tasks, and the use of EDIE provides the opportunity to explain its effect on perception.
“Anglican Care Staff are incredibly excited for this workshop. The experience will give staff a better understanding of what it might be like to live with dementia and experience some of the symptoms of dementia. It will be incredibly insightful for our staff as they care for residents living with dementia”, said Kylie Jacques, Anglican Care Marketing Manager.