Two Bluebird Care offices based in Cambridgeshire have created a new training zone, enabling staff to practice real-life care scenarios in a realistic environment.
The facilities at Bluebird Care Newmarket & Fenland and Bluebird Care Cambridge have been updated to include living and bedroom areas, to replicate the experience of care assistants working in customers’ homes.
In the training zone, trainees can practice operating specialist equipment under typical household restraints that are endured regularly on customer visits.
As part of the launch, the Bluebird Care’s ‘Welcome to my World’ course also offers care assistants, family members, and local healthcare professionals the opportunity to experience the difficulties experienced by customers on a daily basis.
The GERT age simulation suit re-creates various impairments, allowing professionals and loved ones to understand each customer’s needs.
Melanie West, a care supervisor at the Bluebird Care, said: “I really enjoyed being part of this new course, it is an excellent training tool, not only for experienced care assistants but for new colleagues coming into Bluebird Care Newmarket & Fenland and Bluebird Care Cambridge.
“It gives you a very real insight into how our customers will be experiencing life with limited abilities. It also offers a deeper understanding with how they cope with life, emotionally, physically and mentally and how this is also detrimental to their spiritual wellbeing.”