Samsung Electronics Australia and Uniting – which operates a variety of residential care houses throughout NSW and the ACT – are partnering to offer dementia sufferers with virtual reality and 360 diploma video experiences.
The purpose is for residents at Uniting aged care houses to “tick off their bucket lists” by experiencing locations and occasions by way of Samsung’s Gear VR headsets.
“Residents at each home will be provided the opportunity to select an experience from their personal bucket list that they have yet to achieve, with particular emphasis on experiences they have longed for or did not think possible. Samsung will then source virtual reality content that responds to their request for them to enjoy,” defined Martin Brown, head of alliances and companion options, enterprise mobility at Samsung Australia.
Five Uniting aged care amenities are concerned within the pilot: Annesley House in Haberfield, NSW; Uniting Wontama in Orange, NSW; Uniting Caroona Jarman in Goonellabah, NSW; Uniting Amala in Gordon, ACT; and Uniting Bowden Brae Gardens in Normanhurst, NSW.
“Using virtual reality technology in this way can give dementia residents and older Australians new adventures which they could not otherwise achieve due to mobility or health problems,” stated Nick Brennan, affiliate Professor of the Uniting War Memorial Hospital in Waverley, NSW.
“Studies suggest that virtual reality can have a therapeutic effect and stimulate the brain. Providing new adventures for these patients can help to reduce stress and boredom and creates new ways for them to interact with their peers,” he added.
At Annesley House final Wednesday, residents selected experiences together with orbiting earth from area, a visit to the Grand Canyon, and a stroll by means of a Canadian Redwood forest.
Resident James Hadley – after viewing a 360 video walkthrough of his childhood house of Vancouver – stated: “You felt almost like you were in the whole situation. It makes you think. That was quite an experience that. It all went very quick.”
Uniting carers may also be utilizing the headsets to expertise what it’s wish to stay with dementia utilizing content material developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK.
One expertise places carers within the footwear of a lady who turns into misplaced within the streets surrounding her house after wandering off from household and getting disoriented. Another is from the attitude of a affected person anticipating somebody for a cup of tea, who will get confused and annoyed when boiling the kettle.
Uniting – which operates greater than 85 residential aged care houses throughout NSW and ACT – hopes to provide carers a deeper understanding of the stress, confusion and disorientation that residents expertise to allow them to enhance care plans and their interactions with these residents, it stated.
Virtual reality is taken into account an efficient software within the coaching of dementia affected person carers.
Last month Dementia Australia rolled out its massively profitable virtual reality based mostly coaching workshops nationwide.
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The ‘Enabling EDIE’ workshops use a virtual reality app developed by researchers at Deakin University run on Samsung Gear VR headsets, which places individuals within the footwear of Edie – a 65-year-old man with dementia who wakes up in the midst of the night time in mattress with his spouse, needing to go to the toilet.
“Particularly for people who are working in aged care, and the families of people with dementia, you can put up a list – ‘these are the issues’. You can put up a slide and they go ‘yep I get that’,” Dr Tanya Petrovich, Dementia Australia’s enterprise improvement supervisor advised Computerworld in June.
“But when you bring all these things together, and experience all those symptoms first hand. Ticking them off a sheet is easy; to actually experience them is another thing.Understanding another person’s point of view is a lot easier when you’ve walked in their shoes,” she added.
In Australia, an estimated 1.2 million people are concerned within the care of individuals with dementia, and greater than 425,416 individuals reside with dementia. With an ageing inhabitants, this quantity is predicted to extend to 536,164 by 2025 and virtually 1,100,890 by 2056.
More than half (52 per cent) of individuals dwelling in everlasting residential aged care have dementia.
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