Second Wind Dreams Awarded $1 Million Grant

Internationally-known nonprofit organization receives grant to provide training for 384 nursing homes throughout Wisconsin.
ROSWELL, Ga. - July 18, 2018 - PRLog -- Second Wind Dreams® (SWD®) was awarded a $982,652 civil money penalty (CMP) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Second Wind Dreams (SWD®) centralizes around improving the quality of life for elders through the fulfillmentof dreams and the offering of its patented Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) to more than three million people in 20 countries and approximately 1,000 elder care communities in the U.S.

The CMP grant allows SWD to provide the VDT program to 384 nursing homes in Wisconsin. The initiative will take two years to complete, providing service to half of the nursing homes each year. Currently, SWD is also completing VDT, CMP projects in Georgia and North Carolina.

"We are unable to change the course of dementia, but we can change how the staff cares for those with dementia," said P.K. Beville, M.S., founder and CEO of Second Wind Dreams and creator of the VDT. The evidence-based VDT is designed to mimic the reality of life with dementia through its simulation program. During the tour, participants experience confusion and sensory deficiencies in efforts to replicate living with the disease.

The program's success will be determined by a decrease in the use of psychoactive medications and a decrease in abuse allegations. Second Wind Dreams looks forward to using the CMP grant as an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Wisconsin Health Care Association to advance person-centered dementia care across the state.

About Second Wind Dreams

Second Wind Dreams® is an internationally-known, nonprofit organization changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering ofeducational programs to help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist PK. Beville, M.S., the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders. For more information on Second Wind Dreams or the Virtual Dementia Tour, please contact Melora Jackson, Virtual Dementia Tour Manager, at 470-242-0358.

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