Memory Care Open House to feature Virtual Dementia Tour®

Tacoma, Wash. – The Village Senior Living, in partnership with Right at Home®, will host a Virtual Dementia Tour® on Thursday, October 25, 2018, to help individuals better understand what it feels like for those who live with dementia. Tours will be available in 15-minute increments between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and pre-registration is highly encouraged. The event complements an Open House to celebrate The Village’s new memory care neighborhood.

Right at Home® Pierce County supports Second Wind Dreams® and will provide the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®)—a scientifically proven method that builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities with props and circumstances, which simulate changes associated with the physical and cognitive impairments of aging.

After being donned in VDT components, participants are placed in a “normal” living situation and asked to perform simple tasks. Within seconds of receiving instruction, the participants experience and react with evident, dementia-like behaviors. This experience will equip participants with sensory deficits that impact the ability to verbalize thoughts, complete repetitive action, follow instructions and interact with others in a simulated environment. Participants will gain meaningful experiences with attempts to walk in another’s shoes, and more clearly understand causes for depression and withdrawal in the elderly.

“We are proud to conduct the Virtual Dementia Tour and find that professional caregivers and family members alike always gain a deeper understanding of the sufferer. And, that’s so important,” says Ben Solomon, administrator and owner of Right at Home.

Image courtesy The Village Senior Living

Image courtesy The Village Senior Living

The Village Senior Living in Tacoma has long been offering senior living options including independent living, assisted living and respite care. “With the addition of our new memory care neighborhood, The Village will be able to care for residents living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia,” says Lincoln Strand, executive director. He continues, “There is a great need for memory care in our community, and I am thrilled that The Village will be able to help serve that need.” The Virtual Dementia Tour® will be held as a part of The Village’s open house celebration of its new memory care neighborhood. Guests will be able to explore the community’s new memory care neighborhood, ask questions and be entered to win raffle prizes.

To RSVP for the Virtual Dementia Tour and Memory Care Open House event, please call The Village Senior Living at 253-475-4707. The Village Senior Living is located at 4707 S. Orchard St. in Tacoma.

About The Village Senior Living: The Village Senior Living is a community located in Tacoma, Wash., offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care services. The community is managed by Senior Services of America, which operates 25 senior living communities in nine states, including 11 in Wash. To learn more about The Village Senior Living, please visit www.thevillage-tacoma.com.

About Right at Home®: Right at Home has been serving the needs of the Pierce, King and S. Snohomish counties with in-home care and nursing services for seniors and disabled adults. For more information or to learn more about a free in-home assessment, call 253-904-8315 or visit www.rightathome.net/pierce-county.

  – The Village Senior Living and Right at Home®