Armchair travel a hit with aged residents

Resident Beth Vine uses the vitual reality goggles.        Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d445678
Resident Beth Vine uses the vitual reality goggles.        Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445678

The trips of a lifetime for the seniors came about as a result of the latest virtual reality software being trialled by not-for-profit provider of aged care Mercy Health at its six aged care homes.

The software involves residents wearing 3-D goggles so they can view a computer-generated 360-degree view of different reality worlds as they move their heads to look around their environment – whether its in Asia, Antarctica or the Savannah Plains.

Mercy Health has spent more than $3000 on the virtual reality goggles and software after becoming aware of how seniors’ overall well-being could be enhanced as a result of the technology from research carried out overseas.

Mercy Health state manager Anita Ghose said from the trials being run, there was evidence the new technology not only provided residents with a great deal of enjoyment and pleasure but also helped those living with dementia and Alzheimer�s to recall memories about their life.

�Mercy Health is focused on staying on top of technology to help residents with improved quality of life and this virtual reality technology is providing a fantastic way for them to participate in some unique armchair travel,� she said.

�One resident who spent many years as a sailor has even been able to get back on to a �yacht� which was particularly special for everyone involved in his care.�