Sanctuary Care home staff in Hersden has taken part in an innovative new training experience, thanks to support from the Kent Dementia Action Alliance.
The team at Meadow View Residential Care Home in Blackthorn Road has been trying out a state of the art GERT (GERontologic Test) age simulation suit for size.
With only a few available in the UK, the innovative suit, which adds around 30 to 40 years to the wearer, gave care assistants and other members of the dementia care home’s team an insight into what it physically feels like to be a generation older.
Delivered by Jo Evans, a project officer for dementia friendly communities at Kent County Council used the suit to raise awareness and understanding of how aging leads to changes with day-to-day activities. The experience complements the comprehensive staff training provided by Sanctuary Care.
Sanctuary Care’s Director of Care Operations Stephen Rees said: “Our staff provide high quality care while supporting our residents to lead happy, contented lives full of wonderful experiences. To do this we provide extensive ongoing training ourselves, as well as linking with external groups such as Kent County Council.
“It’s fantastic that our team at Meadow View are one of the few care home staff to try out the innovative GERT age simulation suit, which showed firsthand why the way we deliver care and stimulating activities is so important.”
Team members who trialed the suit explained that the experience was “eye-opening”.
Care assistant Heather Taylor said: “I’m so pleased I got the chance to have a go. Wearing the suit gave us an opportunity to walk in some of our residents’ shoes."