A new 3-hour virtual reality workshop developed by Dementia Australia and the Deakin University Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory has been trialed for the first time in South Australia by home care provider, My Care Solution.
The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience, also known as EDIE, uses innovative virtual reality technology to enable participants to explore what it may feel like to experience dementia.
Managing Director of My Care Solution, Lee McBriarty, said the workshop has empowered caregivers and nurses by giving them a more empathetic understanding of dementia. “The workshop revolutionises dementia care education, particularly when it comes to providing dementia care in the home,” she said.
“At the very core of our business is a belief that people feel comfortable and safe at home. Our participants gained a better understanding of how tailored support for individual needs can make a world of difference for a person living with dementia in the community – it has been invaluable.”
Rita Bottrill, a My Care Solution caregiver, said the workshop has given her a better understanding of what her clients living with dementia are going through. “As I have clients living with dementia, the interactive workshop has given me an even deeper understanding of what we already know and will help us give our clients and their carers a better quality of life,” Rita said.
Dementia Australia’s Executive Director of Business Development, Leanne Emerson, said Dementia Australia was excited to be able to bring the EDIE workshop to South Australia to provide caregivers with the chance to immerse themselves in the world of a person living with dementia. “It is fantastic to see the impact that the virtual reality experience has had on the participants in the workshop,” she said.
“With almost 35,700 South Australians living with dementia, the participation of aged care organisations in EDIE will further support the needs and wants of those touched by dementia in our community,” said Managing Director, Lee McBriarty.
“We know that the majority of South Australians want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, so this interactive workshop is a leap in the right direction for dementia care.”
My Care Solution provides a range of home care services including nursing care, respite care, assisted transport, meal preparation, social support, overnight care and 24/7 care. My Care Solution also offers specialist services in the areas of dementia, mental health, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and palliative care. Services are delivered in Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula.