Please wipe this mess off of my face. Please!
Don’t go so fast, I can’t swallow! I’m not ready for a drink yet.
Is this bite going to be hot or cold? Sweet or bitter? Pureed meat or pudding?
Please wipe my face!
Let me start at the beginning: A couple of weeks ago, I attended a training program at Bethany Homes, a care facility near my home. They make this sensitivity training program mandatory for their staff. Bethany uses a combination of “Dignity & Sensitivity: The Ultimate Boot Camp,” from Gemini Consulting and the “Virtual Dementia Tour” (VDT), a program from Second Wind Dreams.
Because I am an elder care columnist, I volunteered to go through the training. When I arrived at my appointed time, I was excited and a bit stressed. I knew it wouldn’t be a picnic, but I also knew I wanted to have this experience.
So it began.