A BUPA care home in Cirencester is hosting a ‘virtual dementia tour bus’ to provide an insight into what it feels like to live with the syndrome.

Elm Grove, which provides specialist support to people who have dementia, is set to welcome the bus, which is led by experts from care training company Training 2 CARE.

The vehicle offers an immersive, interactive experience through a virtual simulator and educational experience, with guests able to experience dementia firsthand using sensory tools.

Reportedly scientifically proven to be as close as possible to life with dementia, the bus - which will be at the care home on June 20 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm - will also serve as an interactive tool to educate families about the reality of loved ones’ requirements and therefore help them understand how to better communicate with them.

Elm Grove is passionate about giving others a window into the world of living with the syndrome.

Commenting on the vehicle’s visit to the care home, Debbie Buttars, home manager, said: “As a dementia-specialist care home, we see firsthand the challenges that families face when a loved one is living with dementia.

“While this condition is common, not many people truly understand what it means to live with it or how to properly communicate with those living with it.

“We would love to invite anyone in the community to come and experience this fantastic immersive bus.”

In the UK, Bupa has more than 120 care homes, plus 10 Richmond retirement villages.

The bus will be free and open to all, but limited spaces are available, so booking in advance is essential.

To book, call Elm Grove on 01285 653057.