How Our Care at Home Staff Raised Awareness | Dementia Action Week

27 May, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read
How Our Care at Home Staff Raised Awareness | Dementia Action Week

In support of Dementia Action Week, our care workers displayed their dedication to improving dementia care by enrolling in innovative, experiential training designed to put them in the same position as those living with the condition.


Our care staff ventured down to The Hunters Day Centre to take part in an unforgettable Virtual Dementia Tour. Hosted and made accessible to the general community in light of Dementia Action Week, the event sought to highlight the experiences of individuals living with dementia.


By slowly taking away participants' ability to speak, see, hear, and even use body language, our care staff were placed in the same position as those living with dementia. In doing so, they were forced to find new ways to communicate; this led them to discover first-hand the isolation, frustration, and anxiety often felt by those living with dementia.


By being able to spend some time in a simulation of their world, participants completed the course with an increased understanding of dementia’s impact and a heightened sense of empathy for those affected.

Care at Home Staff Visit Virtual Dementia Tour Bus
↑ Care at Home Staff Visit Virtual Dementia Tour Bus
Talking about the experience, our CHD Care at Home branch manager, Emily Reynolds, said: “The virtual tour placed you in living behind the senses of dementia; wearing glasses with macular degeneration present, earphones with a loud sound, and gloves that were so large they numbed your sense to touch. The fingers were also sewn together for additional effect.


“You were then placed inside a room with disco lights and asked to discover the room and its objects.


“Not only were staff given the unique opportunity to experience what it felt like, but they were also then encouraged to reflect on how to empower someone living with dementia. Overall, it was an incredible experience that we’ll never forget.”
Virtual Dementia Tour Bus
↑ Emily Reynolds at the Virtual Dementia Tour Bus
Our CHD Care at Home branch manager didn’t stop there though; Emily also took to the skies in a bid to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.


On Sunday 22nd May 2021, she travelled to Hinton Airfield where she took on a different challenge - diving 13,000 feet from a plane!


Her second time participating in a fundraising skydive for the Alzheimer's Society, Emily is a huge advocate for Alzheimer’s and Dementia awareness following her own grandfather’s diagnosis.


“At CHD Care at Home, the cause is so close to our hearts because we visit so many people living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and they all mean so much to us. They’re the reason we do this job.


But I also wanted to skydive in memory of my grandad, who suffered from Alzheimer’s himself. He once asked me if his memory would ever come back, and since that day I’ve wanted to raise awareness for the disease.


It’s something we’re all likely to come across in some way during our living lives, whether that be a family experience, professional experience, or just passing someone in the street” Emily said.


Incredibly, her skydiving experience raised over £1000 for the charity.


Shaleeza Hasham, our Head of Hospitality and Communications here at CHD Living and CHD Care at Home said: “We are incredibly proud of our care staff for throwing their support behind Dementia Action Week in such a meaningful way. We see them go above and beyond every day in taking great care of our service users, and this just shows the level of dedication they have to improve the lives of others too. We’re honoured to have them as part of our team.”
Care at Home Staff Member Emily Sky Diving
↑ Emily Sky Diving
Here at CHD Care at Home, we aim to enable service users to retain their independence and to live autonomously with the assistance of carers in daily living. We offer a range of services and support packages, all focused on delivering dedicated, high-quality care to service users in the comfort of their own homes. We provide care to people of all ages, including individuals with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and other special needs. To enquire about our services, please contact a dedicated member of our team.


Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to see how we helped our residents celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions this spring?

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