‘Dementia Friendly’ Bluebird Care brings the Virtual Dementia Bus to Tyneside

Published: 22/05/2019

Carers from Bluebird Care North Tyneside have experienced first-hand what it is like to have dementia, when they stepped aboard the Virtual Dementia Bus, as part of a training session on April 12th.

Carers from Bluebird Care North Tyneside have experienced first-hand what it is like to have dementia, when they stepped aboard the Virtual Dementia Bus, as part of a training session on April 12th.
 
The giant trailer was parked at The Town Hall, High Street East for the day long training sessions.
 
Owner Julie McLellan said:

The mobile tour is offering people the chance to walk in the shoes of people with dementia by mimicking their everyday experiences, which will be invaluable to our care workers. They had a taste of what life is like for people with dementia and it will mean we can provide even better care for people, because we will understand first-hand what challenges they face.

 Experience Trainer and managing director Glen Knight said:

We are pleased to be working with Bluebird Care by providing the Virtual Dementia Tour to their staff.  This demonstrates their commitment to providing high quality care for their customers living with dementia.  We are confident that the staff have learnt new skills and approaches that will enable the customers to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, with the right care and support from those who better understand the condition after going through the tour.

    

The Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour is a unique experience which enables participants to see the world from the perspective of someone living with dementia. Whilst initially participants experience fear and anxiety, the tour seeks to build empathy in staff and families so that they can change their practice and approaches to dementia care. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.
 
Bluebird Care provides care in people’s own homes, many of whom have dementia, across the North East region.
 
Contact us at Bluebird Care North Tyneside on 0191 5009751 or northtyneside@bluebirdcare.co.uk.