The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®) is the original and ground-breaking, evidence-based and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants through common everyday tasks and exercises while outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses. The Tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face and use the experience to provide better person-centered care. Proceeds from The Virtual Dementia Tour are used to fulfill Second Wind Dreams’ mission to make dreams come true for elders who live in long term care.
Your decision to use the Virtual Dementia Tour to spread awareness of the impact of dementia on everyday life of our seniors is a testament to the world that you have joined our mission to improve the lives of those with this disease as well as their caregivers. We thank you for your commitment and look forward to working with you to develop your comprehensive staff and community training program.
The VDT is a unique, interactive program proven to improve communication and care. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in Geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential training is designed for care giving facilities and community organizations to help identify with and understand patients' behaviors and needs. This Comprehensive Program has been used for new employees, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other caregivers. Upon the completion of VDT training, caregivers were able to identify with and better understand the behaviors and needs of those in their care.
When dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. The VDT was developed to provide a way for members of the community to experience the Tour and walk away with their own experience results, recommendations for their business, family or anywhere that dementia is experienced.
Appropriate participants include:
VDT Training will give you the foundation you will need prior to engaging members of your community. To ensure the clinical integrity of the program, the prerequisite for conducting the Virtual Dementia Tour in a community setting is that you participate in VDT Facilitator Training.