- Feb. 10, 2020
-- The Tennessee Department of Health announced that Second Wind Dreams® (SWD®) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funding in 100 Tennessee skilled nursing homes. The two-year project will assist nursing home staff to improve care for dementia residents by providing hands-on, experiential training using the patented Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®). The VDT has been scientifically proven to build a greater understanding of dementia using sensory tools and instructions. A Second Wind Dreams Certified VDT Trainer will conduct the training at participating nursing homes and supervise the implementation of the VDT and related assessments that measure person-centered care outcomes.
P.K. Beville, the founder of Second Wind Dreams and creator of the Virtual Dementia Tour, is a psychologist specializing in geriatric care and a leading expert in dementia and aging issues. She believes that until we can experience what it might be like to have dementia, we are unable to provide person-centered care. "The plight of those living with dementia is a lonely one and it takes the ability to identify with their needs from their perspective to develop empathy and quality care," says Beville.
The Virtual Dementia Tour enables caregivers to experience the physical and mental challenges those living with dementia face. This helps to provide practical ways to create an environment that supports the disease and increases understanding. More than three million people in 20 countries have experienced the VDT.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 of the patented Virtual Dementia Tour® to help caregivers understand the physical and cognitive 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 through the fulfillment of dreams.For more information visit: http://www.secondwind.org