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Local Emergency Services Take the Virtual Dementia Tour


Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care has been hosting the Virtual Dementia Tour through Second Wind Dreams for the last few weeks for Police Officers, Fire Departments and EMT’s. Azura is a leading provider in dementia and memory care, and has been working hard in the community to train our emergency service men and women to be knowledgeable in approaching a resident with dementia. 

Part of Azura’s MOSAIC philosophy is that all team members at Azura will go through the Virtual Dementia Tour in their first 30 days of employment so that they, too, are able to truly understand the daily struggles of living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Because our team will be working with residents on a daily basis, this training is critical in the success of the care that is provided

The world-renowned Virtual Dementia Tour is an evidence-based; patented program designed to give people the opportunity to experience what dementia is like through an individualized, experiential tour. By going through the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), you will be able to experience what it is like to live with dementia by walking in their shoes. This life-changing simulation provides you with a better understanding of the challenges those with dementia face – equipping you with empathy and the tools you need to provide better care. 

Often there are calls out to emergency services by residents who confuse 911 with other numbers or think that they need those emergency services. When Police Officers, Fire Department and EMT’s show up on scene, sometimes it is difficult for them to properly communicate with residents because of their memory impairments. Residents with memory loss take longer to respond to questions that emergency services could ask because it takes their brains longer to process what is being asked. However, if you aren’t properly trained in dementia care, that could come across to emergency services as not being compliant and causing issues – therefore, during the VDT training, we go through ways that emergency services are better able to communicate with residents and be patient with them. Many officers that have already gone through the training have stated that this experience was truly eye opening for them and made them realize that there are many proactive steps that can be taken prior to approaching someone with memory impairments..

REMINDER that Azura will be hosting another in-person Virtual Dementia Tour on Thursday, February 17th from 9 AM – 5 PM at our Azura home in Brookfield, 16010 Washington Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005. This VDT is open to anyone in the community, as well as family and Azura team members. Please visit our website, www.azuraliving.com, and click on Azura events to secure your time slot.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Justine Barton by email at justine@azuraliving.com.

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