Virtual reality is being trialed in dementia care and when we heard about this on the grapevine, we knew we had to get involved. VR is having astounding effects and feels So great, we’ve felt the benefits ourselves in our HQ in London, let’s take a look at what it’s all about…
If you’re not familiar with virtual reality, then this video will give you a great insight and demonstrate the great effects it has in dementia care:
Marc Pascal, co-founder of Build VR explains to Tech Republic how he witnessed a change in care home residents from using VR before his very eyes:
“In terms of dementia residents it’s more about how they’re behaving before they try it,” he said. “There’s one woman in particular I remember: She had been making a repetitive moan every few seconds and was really not reacting to anything. We got her to try Solis and within about 10 seconds she just stopped, she was just fixated with what was she was experiencing, which was a canoe trip. She didn’t [make the noise] again until I left. And she was in high-care.”
“It can also affect users in some quite profound ways. Pascal shared a story where an elderly Italian gentleman cried when they removed the goggles from him. When asked why he was so emotional, he said that he had given up ever returning to Venice, and he had felt like he was there in a gondola.”
The effects of VR are obvious, the emotions that are stirred in people and the joy that it brings them is beyond magical. We think this is truly beautiful. We tried this ourselves, and felt much more relaxed after watching relaxing scenes, even photographs, as well as video. We talked about calming scenes in our earlier blog post and nature we know is really beneficial for the mind and mood.
We’ve posted a few photos and videos on our IG lately. We love these, we hope they relax you as well…
How do you feel looking at this image?
We love ocean scenes and we know water is relaxing…
To experience a relaxing beach scene via video, on our IG click here.
We aim to offer a VR experience at the Dementia Cafe once built.