“Technology now offers many ways of assisting or enhancing care, changing the way in which we support people.
Tricuro [a social care provider owned by Dorset CC, Bournmeouth BC and the Borough of Poole have had] over 100 clients taken through virtual reality experiences across residential and day services … to conduct trials in pain management, wellbeing and structured reminiscence.
Keeping [people] happier and healthier for longer is the goal, and virtual reality and other emerging tech gives new tools to explore new and alternative ways of achieving this.”
“The natural and man-made wonders of the world are now on the travel itineraries of aged care residents from Mercy Health, which is extending a new virtual lifestyle program to all of its facilities following a successful trial.
Residents are transported around the world via a new breed of virtual reality (VR) glasses that contain visual and audio content designed specifically for aged care and people with dementia.
Mercy trialled the glasses with seven residents living with dementia at Mercy Place Parkville with a six-minute helicopter ride over France, Iceland and Africa.
The virtual reality project aims to encourage discussion around reminiscence and conversation among residents and provide users with quality of life, said Karren Gooding, Mercy Health lifestyle manager.”