EDIE is a new virtual reality education program that allows people to walk in the shoes of a person living with dementia and provide insight into the day to day lived experiences. EDIE has been tailored for delivery to family carers in a group workshop style and provides individual follow up support for family carers.
The EDIE experience aims to:
• Increase empathy and understanding for the person living with dementia, resulting in a reduction of stress for the carer
• Increase effective communication between carers and people living with dementia
• Support carers to understand the benefits of adaptive dementia-friendly changes to the home environment for themselves and the person they care for.
EDIE is a delivered on a mobile platform using modern VR technology which increases accessibility and allows a wider audience to benefit from the EDIE experience, including carers of people living with dementia from CALD or Indigenous backgrounds or for those with limited literacy.
EDIE is currently being evaluated by Swinburne University and Dementia Australia and the data is being analysed. Evaluation is continuing, however qualitative feedback so far has been positive.
This session will discuss the EDIE for Family Carers program and explore the benefits of VR technology as a means of supporting carers of people living with dementia to improve communication, reduce stress and support enhanced wellbeing for both the carer and the person living with dementia.