Second Wind Dreams® Awarded Grant for Virtual Dementia Tour® Training in Nursing Homes in Georgia

June 13, 2016

Contact: Dayne DuVall

Atlanta, GA (June 13, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Community Health announced that Second Wind Dreams (SWD®), Inc. has been awarded a civil money penalty (CMP) funds grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for $2,934,298.00. The grant is for a three-year period to assist nursing home staff by helping them identify with dementia residents in an effort to improve care. SWD will provide hands-on, experiential training in 169 certified nursing homes in the state of Georgia through the use of the patented Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®), which has been scientifically proven to build a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instructions.  A Second Wind Dreams Certified VDT trainer will conduct the training at the nursing homes and supervise the implementation of Dementia Aware Competency Evaluations (DACE) to assess person-centered caregiver outcomes. 

PK Beville, PhD, the founder of Second Wind Dreams and inventor of the Virtual Dementia Tour, is a psychologist specializing in geriatric care and a leading expert in dementia and aging issues. She believes that until we can experience what it might be like to have dementia, we are unable to provide person-centered care.  “The plight of those living with dementia is a lonely one and it takes the ability to identify with their needs from their perspective to develop empathy and quality care,” says Beville.

The VDT offers hope to people with dementia and their care partners by providing practical ways to create an environment that supports the disease and increases understanding. More than two million people in 17 countries have experienced the Tour.

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About Second Wind Dreams

Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, PhD, the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of seniors by making dreams come true. Through its Dream Partners of more than 1,000 elder care communities, Second Wind Dreams has made thousands of dreams come true for seniors living in the United States, UK, Canada, Israel and other countries around the world. Experienced by over 2 million people wordwide, its patented, innovative educational program, known as the Virtual Dementia Tour, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those living with dementia. For more information about Second Wind Dreams, visit www.secondwind.org.

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