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Enhancing Memory Care at Clark with Immersive Dementia Care Training

At Clark, we pride ourselves on offering innovative and compassionate Memory Care that truly enhances the lives of our residents. A cornerstone of our approach is the unique Dementia Live® training program, which all our staff members are required to participate in. This immersive training program is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia. The training not only equips our team with essential skills and understanding but also enhances the quality of care we provide to our memory care residents.

What is Dementia Live Training?

Dementia Live® is an experiential training program designed to give participants a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with memory loss and cognitive impairments. Created by the AGE-u-cate Training Institute, this program uses specialized tools and techniques to simulate the physical and cognitive challenges faced by individuals with dementia. Through this simulation, caregivers gain firsthand insight into the sensory and cognitive changes that occur with dementia, fostering empathy and enhancing their caregiving skills.

The Training Experience

During Dementia Live® training, participants undergo a series of exercises while equipped with devices that mimic the sensory deficits often experienced by those with dementia. These include:

  • Visual Distortions: Special glasses that blur and darken vision to replicate the effects of common visual impairments associated with dementia.
  • Audio Simulations: Headphones that play distracting noises to mimic auditory confusion and the overwhelming sensory environment.
  • Fine Motor Challenges: Gloves that limit dexterity and tactile sensation, simulating the difficulty in performing everyday tasks.

These exercises are conducted in a controlled environment where participants are asked to complete simple tasks, such as folding clothes or setting a table. The challenges they face during these tasks help them to understand the frustration, confusion, and emotional responses that individuals with dementia might experience.

Why Dementia Live® is Beneficial for Our Memory Care Residents

  • Empathy and Understanding: By experiencing the challenges of dementia firsthand, our staff gain a greater empathy for residents. This deeper understanding enables them to provide more compassionate and resident care, which is crucial in supporting the emotional well-being of our memory care residents.
  • Enhanced Communication: Dementia Live® training equips our caregivers with better communication techniques. They learn to use clearer, more supportive language and gestures, which can significantly reduce confusion and anxiety for residents.
  • Improved Problem-Solving Skills: The training helps staff develop effective problem-solving strategies tailored to the needs of individuals with dementia. This includes finding creative ways to assist with daily activities and manage behavioral changes in a respectful and supportive manner.
  • Personalized Care: With the insights gained from Dementia Live®, our staff can tailor their caregiving approaches to each resident’s unique needs. This personalized care ensures that residents feel understood, valued, and safe, which enhances their overall quality of life.

At Clark, we believe that the key to exceptional Memory Care lies in the dedication and training of our staff. The Dementia Live® program is an integral part of our commitment to providing compassionate care. By equipping our caregivers with the knowledge and empathy needed to understand dementia, we ensure that our memory care residents receive the highest level of support and comfort.

If you would like to learn more about Memory Care at Clark, complete the form below, email, or call 616-278-6520 to speak with one of our Senior Living Advisors to discuss your loved one’s situation and see if Clark is the right fit for your loved one.

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