01 June 2017

How would we cope if we lived with dementia?

How would we cope if we lived with dementia?

How would we cope if we lived with dementia? How can we help those who do? Although Birtley does not specialise in dementia, it is likely that many of us will develop the disease as we get older, or will know someone who does. So, Karen arranged for the Virtual Dementia Tour to visit Birtley. This simulated training experience is the only scientifically and medically proven method of giving a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like; approximating to mid-range Alzheimer's.

During the simulation we felt disoriented, isolated, vulnerable, unable to complete even simple tasks and utterly exhausted. At times, the extensive debrief session was absolutely hilarious as we listened to feedback on our individual actions and reactions. Of course, the reality of dementia is far from funny and the experience has helped us to begin to understand and empathise with the day-to-day experiences of people living with dementia. What will make them feel more comfortable, what will help them maintain dignity and what will help them to make sense of the confusing world around them. By making some simple adjustments to the way we give care, we can start to improve the lives of people living with dementia. We will do precisely that.

13 February 2019
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House

Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House

11 February 2019
Our New Monthly Garden Blog - Courtesy of Matt Miller
Our New Monthly Garden Blog - Courtesy of Matt Miller
31 January 2019
When the 'Little Harriers' landed at Birtley
When the 'Little Harriers' landed at Birtley

Another day for intergenerational learning to take place

24 January 2019
Watch Commander Steve Love and his FIRE team visit Birtley Residents
Watch Commander Steve Love and his FIRE team visit our Birtley Residents

Safety talks

18 January 2019
Coffee with Colleagues and Friends
Coffee with Colleagues and Friends

A group coffee morning for all to enjoy

11 January 2019
Recovery from a Palliative care case
Recovery from a Palliative care case

Well rested and returning home...

20 December 2018
Blackheath & Bramley Choral Society join us for another Christmas!
Blackheath & Bramley Choral Society join us for another Christmas!

A family affair at our annual Carol concert

18 December 2018
Another Charitable Christmas at Birtley House
Birtleys Christmas Foodbank Appeal

Helping those in need to put food on the table at Christmas time

13 December 2018
Three apartments... one rare opportunity!
Three apartments... one rare opportunity!

A rare opportunity has arisen to explore three different apartments within our house, leaving you spoiled for choice

04 December 2018
Team Building at Birtley House
Team Building at Birtley House

An afternoon spent getting to know each other

 
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