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Free Workshops and Presentations

Name of Workshop/Presentation

Virtual Dementia Tour®

Date and Time


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Description of Presentation

The Virtual Dementia Tour® will take you from the beginning to the late stages of the dementia disease process, allowing you to experience the difficulties of day to day living for someone with dementia.  Participants will be performing tasks and exercises that are essential for professionals, caregivers and family members to experience.  

Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. and Continuum Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island will provide professionally trained staff to facilitate this program, free of charge, as part of a comprehensive training event at your facility for your staff, administration and family members of residents.

Once a person takes the Tour, they are more aware of how to provide “person-centered-care” to those with dementia because they have just experienced what those with dementia are living with every day. This personal experience allows participants to examine how they would like to be treated and encourages them to use their experience as the example by which they treat people with dementia.

The VDT isn’t just the experience; it’s also an in-depth debrief session to help staff understand why some residents have difficult behavior. In-services are interactive and allow the staff to discuss their experience while learning the clinical reasons for the way they behaved.

Once they have walked in the shoes of a person with cognitive decline, staff state that they will be more patient, understanding, less hurried, more sensitive to what is going on around the resident, among other things. Even simply turning on more lights, turning off the TV, turning on music and cutting down on loud abrupt noise make all the difference to a person with dementia, and staff become more aware of these easy strategies after the experience.

Learning Objectives

  1. To provide participants with an experiential simulation to help understand what dementia may be like.

  2. Caregivers will develop a greater understanding of the challenges faced daily by dementia patients resulting in better care.

  3. Participants will learn how behavior problems in dementia can be viewed as coping strategies thereby changing how we work with them.

At the end of this training, the learner will be able to:

  1. Experience what dementia may feel like.

  2. Develop a better understanding of dementia care needs.

  3. Integrate this experience in the day to day management of dementia.

Presenter (s)

  1. Professionally trained staff from Connelly Law Offices, Ltd.

  2. Professionally trained staff from Continuum Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island.

To Schedule an event or RSVP

To RSVP a time for the tour that is scheduled at your facility, click on the form below and you will be linked to the schedule at your facility.  Once there, use the contact box to schedule a time.  Or, you can call Don Drake at Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. - 855-724-9400.  

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