Tom Hager, executive director, outfitted for the dementia training, with Richard Steenson, occupational therapist

The therapy department at Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, recently invited all associates to participate in a dementia simulation and training day.


The rehab team prepared and practiced for this special event before guiding 60 associates through the experience on March 6, 2019.


Participants were outfitted with buttons in their shoes, one glove with rice in the fingers and one glove with tape around the joints of the fingers, headphones with white noise and glasses that occluded their vision. They were taken into the rehab Activities of Daily Living kitchen and given tasks to complete. After completing the exercise, associates talked with the therapists about what they had experienced.


“Participants expressed that they could empathize with and understand more why residents with dementia sometimes exhibit different behaviors,” said Kathy Carver, business development director. “They were provided with tips and training on many different aspects of patient care. It was a truly great day, and our staff was excited to learn and grow together!”