The digitization trend is now reaching senior care and more of the care givers are offering Virtual Reality “VR” in a way to stimulate and activate their seniors. In the field of senior care there is an increasing demand of meaningful activities and experiences. The reason for that are efforts to prevent loneliness, anxiety and dejection. Many seniors experience physical limitations which prevents them from trying on new activities in life.
Virotea has already helped a lot of caregivers overcome these challenges. With our service, VR can be used as a group activity which allows plenty of seniors participate at once. In one of the market surveys that Virotea conducted, over 80 % of the seniors stated that VR made them think of happy memories.
Signs of getting old often shows through deteriorating physics, but also in the mental aspect. The latterneeds to be increasingly addressed than it is today so that we can help people suffering from dejection, stress, cognitive decline and the lack of willing to live. This, combinedwith the fact that more and more of elderly are accustomed to computers and other technology gives us the reason to believe that there will be much more market penetration of VR in the field of elderly care.
Virotea has completed projects with different caregivers to gain insights to how VR is experienced. Our conclusion from these projects is that there are a lot of benefits and few downsides. VR can be a way for the caregivers to activate and stimulate the seniors through “virtual trips” all over the world. The technology is not just pure entertainment but have a positive impact on the wellbeing and is also suitable for seniors that are physically restraing, e.g. cant get out of their bed.
The field of daily assistance has a history of slow adaptation towards digitalization while many other sectors in the rest of the world is moving fast towards becoming more digital. VR is a technology that in, an easy way, can improve the quality of life for the caretaker. Just like in the elderly care, there are demands on providing meaningful activities and experiences for the individual. In some cases, the world Is turned upside down for an individual who get a sudden muscle disease and are unable to do the activities he or she is used to do. The field of daily assistance are in need of finding new activities and tools to help their target group.
When your physical abilities put a stop to a lot of the things you want to do, you need to find new ways to be activated. Otherwise, the consequences have a negative impact on your mental health and could lead to anxiety and dejection. To counteract on that, VR is a great activity. Practitioners in the field of daily assistance are trying to find different methods to create a more meaningful life for the caretakers, and they can now get help with this by using VR. Staff can easily create “trips” and “travel” in VR which activates and stimulates the caretaker in a unique way. The technology is now available to everyone, including the caretakes in the field of daily assistance.
According to psychiatrists, VR is a new and important complement to existing activities that stimulates the reward system of the brain.
With its positive impact, VR can improve the following areas:
VR is something that we on Virotea consider should be made available for all different caretakers. That’s why we can customize your solution depending on the size of your caregiver business. That makes it possible for both big and small businesses to provide VR for its caretakers.
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