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'Terrifying, intense, scary, confusing and heartbreaking' – dementia training gives Easter Ross care workers invaluable insight

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Staff from Mull Hall care home.
Staff from Mull Hall care home.

STAFF from a Ross-shire care home have completed hi-tech training aimed at helping them to better care for patients with dementia.

They were from the Mull Hall care home, in Barbaraville near Invergordon, and Tuesday's course used a special mobile virtual dementia tour organised by Experience Training Ltd.

Home manager Lorna McDonald said she felt other care workers, as well as relatives who helped those living with the condition, could benefit from the experience.

She said: "The virtual dementia tour has been scientifically and medically proven to give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like according to the company.

"The sessions allowed us to experience the reality of living with dementia and allowed us to understand how day to day life and even the simplest tasks can affect those people living with dementia.

"We all felt we genuinely walked in the shoes of those who experience dementia and we are thoroughly delighted at being given the opportunity to undertake this training."

Staff members who took part in the training described the experience as terrifying, intense, scary, confusing and heartbreaking and Lorna said they felt they had greatly benefited from taking part.

She added: "I look forward to receiving further feedback from the 36 staff who attended."

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