The Improving demeNtia care Through Self-Experience (INTenSE) is an ERASMUS+ project that aims to educate, equip and train health and social care professionals to better support and care for people living with dementia through open access innovative learning approaches and the use of ICT tools that explore the lived experience of the person with dementia.
All professionals involved in dementia care should gain a strong understanding of the impact of this disease to anticipate the care that is required. Self-experience is scientifically proven to be the best way to create empathy and real understanding as a means to change practice, reduce issues and improve the quality of care. Self-experience can be achieved through a number of good practices, such as Virtual Tour, Role Playing games and Theater Laboratories.
These have not been examined in an integrated manner with regard to improving dementia care, yet they would allow professionals to walk in the shoes of a person with dementia.
INTenSE will provide a way for professionals to have a glimpse into the world of dementia, by developing an open-access “dementia simulation toolkit” that will support the introduction of innovative methodologies for the reinforcement of key competences development, including critical thinking and cooperation in science and technology.