Southern Trust staff take ‘virtual tour’ to understand Dementia

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Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has teamed up with training2care to give staff the opportunity to understand what it is like to have Dementia. 

The Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven way of helping you to understand what people with dementia experience every day and is ‘your window into their world’.


There are around 20,000 people in Northern Ireland living with dementia and the virtual dementia tour can benefit anyone coming into contact with or caring for people with dementia including family members and health care staff.

Siobhan Donaghy, Head of Memory Services for the Southern Trust told Newry Times, “The Virtual Dementia Tour is medically and scientifically proven to help people with a healthy brain to understand what living with dementia feels like.


“Experiencing how scary, intimidating and confusing dementia is will help people caring for someone with dementia to be more understanding, patient and kind.

“We want to give our increasing number of dementia clients the best possible and patient centred care.


She added, “By giving professional care givers first-hand experience of the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia, we hope to equip them better for this important caring role.”


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