- Aug. 22, 2018
-- Second Wind Dreams® (SWD®) creates the Family Virtual Dementia Tour as a specialized program to meet the growing need for family-specific, person-centered care.
Second Wind Dreams (SWD) improves 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 thousands of health care entities in the U.S. As the population grows older around the world, SWD focuses its resources on developing ways to increase caregivers' ability to provide empathic care.
Eighty-three percent of care is currently provided by families in the home of a person with dementia. The Family Virtual Dementia Tour will allow a trained provider to go into the family's home and facilitate the tour to simulatehow the person with dementia perceives his/her specific home environment. A clinical consultation is included in the program, allowing the family to discuss observations and explicit needs for the household, creating tailored action items for the caregivers to use in the future.
As the number of people with dementia rises exponentially, the Family VDT not only shows what it is like to have dementia, but suggests practical, exact action items for caregivers and households to implement in future care. After experiencing the Family VDT, caregivers report increased sensitivity to the challenges faced by their loved ones with dementia.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. Learn more at http://www.secondwind.org