Dementia Reality Tour aims to help caregivers

By March 3, 2011

Immersion Reality Education of Salida will present the Dementia Reality Tour on Saturday, March 19, at Palm Gardens, 240 Palm Ave., Woodland.

This event, which is free to the public, will run every 20 minutes between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each session will last 35 minutes.

“True understanding comes not only from education but also through experience. The Dementia Reality Tour gives the caregiver the experience necessary to provide a better quality of life for the dementia patient,” a news release said.

“To accomplish this, we give understanding by stepping into the shoes of the dementia patient. This very real experience gives insight into the loneliness and frustration the dementia patient feels every day. The result being that the caregiver’s awareness is heightened as they begin to see their patient or loved one’s actions from a new perspective. This new perspective along with education is the beginning of modifying the care for the patient or loved one.”

The Dementia Reality Tour is directed toward family caregivers, staff caregivers, doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and anyone who provides care for or is in contact with a dementia patient. These are the people who make decisions about caregiving and where it is provided.

“Our experience has shown that the average family caregiver does not have time or knowledge to provide a quality level of care for the dementia patient,” event organizers said. “They relate to the patient as if they were normal and attribute poor behavior to being old, laziness or lack of self control. As professionals we know this to be untrue.

“The Dementia Reality Tour gives those family members and others new insight into the actions and behaviors of the dementia patient. This allows the means to improve the quality of care by modifying the thoughts and actions of the caregiver.”

For more information about Immersion Reality Education, call (209) 345-1844 or visit http://www.dementiatour.com. Palm Gardens, which is hosting the event, may be reached at (530) 661-0574.

Enterprise staff

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