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Offering Compassionate Dementia Care with Advanced Technologies

by Shannon, March 18, 2019

It’s no secret that technology has transformed the way the world works. Not only do individuals have access to better methods of communication, but technology has also drastically changed how people are cared for on a regular basis.

Care Indeed is a primary example. The leading home care provider has launched virtual reality dementia training for its caregivers through a partnership with Strivr. Because dementia symptoms and behaviors are ever-changing as the disease progresses, technology has now become a catalyst to better train caregivers to provide the best possible care.

Now, the level of care can surpass that of the past due to the interactive training opportunities for individuals affected by dementia.

 

The Importance of Adopting New Technologies

Obviously, technology plays an important role in every single industry, not to mention our personal lives. However, an argument can be made for the fact that role of technology in healthcare and caregiving is one of the most significant. The use of technology has resulted in lives saved throughout the world.

From technological advancements in how test results are delivered, pharmaceuticals are developed and medical devices are improved, it is obvious that without technology, we would not be able to deliver quality care and treatment options.

Virtual reality training falls directly under this category. And, Care Indeed’s newly-launched Virtual Reality Dementia Training relies heavily on these advancements in technology.

 

What is Virtual Reality Training?

The training program powered by Strivr and offered by Care Indeed offers caregivers the opportunity to experience real-time scenarios. In simple terms, each caregiver is put directly into a care situation that he or she may encounter in the future. Wearing virtual reality headsets, the caregiver has the opportunity to respond to the patient and see firsthand how patients may react – both in positive and negative situations.

Because dementia develops in many forms and the severity of symptoms are different for every patient, virtual reality training helps to better prepare caregivers for the unexpected. A patient may be struggling physically, emotionally or both, and during the virtual reality training sessions, caregivers can see how their approaches are successful or need improvement.

Virtual Reality is not a new concept by any means. The entertainment industry has adopted these technological advances for years with devices such as Oculus Rift and Gear VR. In addition, branches of the military and educational institutions use virtual reality to conduct lessons and training sessions. By putting individuals in 3D environments, virtual reality training helps them see the consequences of their decisions, ultimately preparing them to make the right choice when faced with a real-life encounter.

The advantages of virtual reality training, especially for caregivers working with dementia patients, are expansive.

  • More Visual Learning: Especially for people who learn better with visual aids, virtual reality presents information in a more appealing manner. Versus reading text or listening to lectures about how to perform jobs, they are able to learn through trial and error without the risks or consequences if they make poor decisions.
  • An Affordable Learning Option: It can be costly for employees to perform on-the-job tasks incorrectly. With virtual reality training, they learn before they are tasked with duties. 
  • A Risk-Free Environment: There could be fatal results if employees, caregivers, etc. are making mistakes on the job. However, with virtual reality training, they can see the consequences of their actions and decisions in a risk-free environment. Learning through trial and error, virtual reality gives participants a chance to explore how their decisions and actions affect others.
  • A Remote Training Option: Even if training participants are unable to be present in an actual classroom, the advanced technology with virtual reality training allows them to learn from virtually anywhere. Many companies are offering training via live feeds and computer applications to save on cost, but also equip staff with the training they need.
  • Better Retention and Recall: It’s no secret that we learn better when we can associate the lessons with our experiences. That is why virtual reality training has seen an upsurge in participants. Learners are better able to retain information, practice their skills and determine the right course of action because they have experienced the situations and scenarios in real time.

 

A Commitment to Advanced Training

Care Indeed is not only committed to high-quality care, but also empowering caregivers with advanced training techniques that embrace technology. The goal with the Virtual Reality Dementia Training is to showcase the ever-changing nature of the disease and equip caregivers with the skills to respond with compassion.

Training is at the cornerstone of what we do. Our caregivers are highly-skilled, but we believe that professional development should be a top priority. It’s inevitable that dementia patients will experience behavioral challenges, emotional outbursts and even mood swings. We believe caregivers should be exposed to this type of behavior and learn how to respond in the most effective way.

Virtual Reality Dementia Training allows caregivers to test strategies in a safe, risk-free environment, which is effective for both dementia patients and caregivers. Putting yourself in the situation before it even occurs is one way to prepare.

 

Continued Learning for Caregivers 

With a commitment to professional development for caregivers, Care Indeed is proud to be the first in its industry to launch Virtual Reality Dementia Training.

 “The goal is to teach through practical simulation rather than theoretical concepts,” said Dee Bustos, CEO of Care Indeed.

The partnership with Strivr to offer virtual reality dementia training stemmed from Care Indeed’s commitment to offer ongoing training and continuing education for caregivers, said Bustos. “Our caregivers had expressed their desire for additional training for them to effectively map out the best possible dementia care, so we partnered with Strivr and created the VR Dementia Training,” she said.

The goal – for both caregivers and family members – is to ease the pain and improve quality of life for individuals with dementia. With the adoption of advanced technologies, Care Indeed is making this goal a reality.

The program is already gaining recognition from leaders in the industry. "Virtual reality is real. Kudos to Care Indeed for leading the way locally," said Larry Hayes, CEO/Publisher of ActiveOver50.

For more information about Care Indeed’s Virtual Reality Dementia Training program, contact the business development team at (877) 504-3822.