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Virtual reality technology assists JNC staff

Jimbelunga Nursing Centre staff have received a greater understanding of residents living with dementia thanks to a recent virtual reality interactive experience.

The nursing staff recently completed a workshop provided by Dementia Australia using Educational Dementia Immersive Experience EDIE, a virtual smartphone app.

The workshop allowed staff to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia utilising high quality virtual reality technology. It provided the user with a greater knowledge of dementia while exploring supportive approaches to assist residents with dementia. Using the headsets, staff could view what it may feel like to experience dementia and ways to care for someone living with dementia.

The latest information on dementia across various stages and how to care for the diverse needs of residents were also examined across five sessions.

Jimbelunga Nursing Centre Operations Manager Belinda Charles said the workshop was an innovative example of how technology could be used in conjunction with up to date medical research.

“It was an important opportunity to identify additional support needs for both residents and nursing staff to help residents live confidently with dementia,” Belinda said.

“We look forward to applying this knowledge at Jimbelunga to provide our residents with the very best care possible.”

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