Hertfordshire firefighters get to experience living with dementia

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Firefighters from Royston Fire Station and members of the Royston Business Network got to experience what it is like to have dementia, courtesy of Margaret House Residential and Dementia Home in Barley, Royston.

 

The Virtual Dementia Experience, the only one of it’s kind in the UK, came back to Margaret House last week, to give members of the local community and staff the opportunity to experience what living with dementia is likely to be like.

 

Watch Commander Steve Greaves said  “The tour has given us a massive insight into Dementia and from this we can use the valuable skills we have learned and apply them to the community we serve in line with our Telecare trial which allows us, as a fire and rescue service, to assist the vulnerable.”

 

Royston Business Network members also found the experience eye opening. Dave Winkworth spoke for the group when he said “It has totally changed how I thought about dementia, it was completely enlightening and is an experience that everyone should have”.

 

Thomas Kelly, Proprietor said “We are committed to remaining at the forefront of dementia care.  It is fantastic that were able to share an experience such as this with members of the local community as we would really like as many people as possible to have an understanding of dementia.”

 

Margaret House Residential and Dementia Care Home offers both dementia and residential respite and long term care.

 

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