Virtual reality glasses are far more than entertainment for our aged care residents: they are opening doors to memories, feelings and the power of the imagination.
“Recently, I saw my father Roy participating in the virtual reality program. Generally when I visit dad, he’s either sleeping or very confused and unable to hold a conversation,” says Shirley Dickinson, daughter of Mercy Place Shepparton resident Roy Martin.
“This time I noticed quite a difference. He was out in one of the lounge rooms singing. He also spoke to me and seemed more engaged — he was asking questions. We even had a few laughs and he appeared to be much happier than during previous visits. As far as I can see, the program is already making a difference.”
It is this kind of sentiment that makes Residential Aged Care Lifestyle and Volunteer Manager Aged Care Karren Gooding’s day. As one of the architects of the virtual reality glasses project currently rolling out nationally across our aged care homes, Karren has been thrilled with the responses of residents and families to this leading-edge technology.