The training at Brendoncare Park Road was delivered to Brendoncare staff, volunteers, friends in the local community, family of residents at the care home, and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Eleanor Bell.
The Dementia Bus is a pioneering mobile training unit offering the closest medically and scientifically proven experience of what dementia might be like for someone with a healthy brain. The training programme during the day provided an immersive experience of living with dementia, using special props, light and sound effects to replicate the experiences of dementia. It gave an understanding of what someone with dementia might be going through in order to best support and help them to enjoy life as much as possible.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Eleanor Bell, had this to say, “I found the experience completely disconcerting and very difficult to carry out any meaningful tasks. I now feel I have an appreciation of what someone suffering from dementia has to live with, and have a better understanding of how this will help staff and families to support and care for someone with dementia.”
Nicola Beale, Brendoncare Training Co-ordinator, said, “You think dementia is just about memory loss but this experience gave me a 360 degree view of everything about dementia.”
And Karen Hutchings, Chef, Brendoncare Park Road, commented. “This gave me a chance to see and feel dementia. The experience brought out so many emotions; anxiety, irritation and loneliness.”
People diagnosed with dementia invariably lose the ability to explain what they are going through, how they are feeling and are unable to verbalise their anxieties, worries, pain or confusion as the dementia develops. There are 850,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia who are supported by professionals, family and friends.
Brendoncare Park Road is a 41 bedroom home providing nursing, respite and end-of-life care. It is located in a tranquil part of Winchester and has attractive mature gardens.