A dementia experience – ‘Living in My World’ at Mill House

Family members of residents at Mill House care home have received an insight into how frustrating and scary living with dementia can be. They joined members of staff at the Chipping Campden home during an ‘Experience their world’ event on Monday (29th February).

Participants donned gloves, glasses and ear plugs before entering a room staged to further impair their senses with flashing lights, low background lighting, a blaring TV and a vacuum cleaner running.

In this demanding environment, they were asked to complete a series of tasks including putting on a shirt and doing it up, pairing socks, completing a puzzle and finding a teddy bear. The 12-minute immersion scenario was designed to simulate the confusion, heightened sensitivity to sound and loss of feeling in hands that are just some of the symptoms of varying forms of dementia – frequently leading to frustration.

Run by Caring Homes’ Dementia Lead, Michele Saunders the educational event included an introductory overview of dementia and how it can affect people. Michele has created a three-part My World dementia training programme for all Caring Homes staff across the UK. The programme has been accredited by City & Guilds and enables everyone working in Caring Homes care homes to gain some insight into the condition.

Koren Evans-Slade, Home Manager at Mill House, said: “I am very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to relatives, to provide a greater awareness of what their loved ones are experiencing. It was also an ideal opportunity to share the My World training we are all receiving to ensure that our residents are being given the best possible care that meets their holistic needs.

“We were surprised at how debilitating the session was and how frustrating it was not to be able to complete a simple task or use our senses. Frustration levels were certainly running high, with calls of ‘I can’t find it’, ‘I can’t do it’ and even, ‘can I go home, now?’.”

“This event was such a success that we are hoping to run another session in the near future for both family members and people from our local community.”

Mill House

Home Manager

Maggie Spooner

Address

Sheep Street,
Chipping Campden,
Gloucestershire,
GL55 6DR

Contact
0808 223 5524
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