29 Mar 2019
This week, West London NHS Trust was delighted to welcome a ‘Dementia Bus’ to its HQ on Armstrong Way, Southall.
Better known as the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), it allows people to experience what it’s like for someone living with dementia. The experience consist of participants completing a series of basic daily activities while wearing dark sunglasses, headphones and multiple-layered gloves – conveying the challenges a typical person with dementia faces.
The Trust is among the first in London to use the bus to help its own staff understand the challenges faced by the people they provide care for.
34 of the Trust’s staff signed up to take part.
Among those who took part was Adam Copitch, Student Nurse, who said: “This experience prompted me to reflect on just how lonely and frightening dementia can feel. It also highlighted the changes we can all make to improve how we communicate with people with dementia.”
Bibin Simon, a Dementia Link Worker at Hounslow Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Service, said: “The experience was a real eye opener for me.”
Angie Newland from Experience VDT, who provided the bus, said:
“VDT is an important way for people to learn more about dementia. We were delighted to see the enthusiasm from West London NHS Trust staff who were willing to take all the information in and utilise it to provide the best care for people with such a complex condition.”