Assisted living communities across the country are beginning to test how virtual reality (VR) technology can aid residents – particularly residents with dementia or depression.
Learn more about the impact VR is having on assisted living residents throughout the U.S. and how communities see it improving quality of life.
VR Aids Assisted Living Residents Across U.S.
The Sentinel describes how residents can preview a variety of VR scenes with the equipment, ranging from the Grand Canyon and the ocean to more soothing scenes like a club or farm.
“They’ll spend no more than half an hour at a time looking at three-to five-minute scenes meant to evoke nostalgia, serenity and wonder. Choices include a 1950s jazz club with a live singer and patrons sipping martinis, a sunset on a farm and a painter creating a flower-filled canvas.”
Assisted living and memory care residents alike seem to enjoy the technology, meant to reduce agitation and depression. The equipment is also said to be lightweight and simple to use, with residents sitting in a swivel chair, using the VR under supervision of staff trained by MyndVR.
MyndVR CEO and co-founder Chris Brickler, says of the test in assisted living communities: “The hurdles are far less than we thought, and the unintended benefits are starting to be more than we anticipated.”
Though scientific studies have not yet proven the value of the technology among seniors, Dr. Rosemary Laird, a Winter Park, Florida geriatrician who specializes in memory disorders, says:
“The technology sounds promising — if only to bring the world to people who no longer can venture out.”
You can find out more about MyndVR and preview their VR technology on their website.