Seniors’ reality check
RESIDENTS from Mercy Place Lathlain have been taking off on African safaris and Venetian gondola rides recently without even leaving the comfort of their armchairs.
The seniors are trialling a virtual reality software which involves residents wearing 3-D goggles, which enables them to view a computer-generated, 360-degree view of different reality worlds as they move their heads to look around their virtual environment.
Mercy Health WA State Manager Anita Ghose said that Mercy Health had spent more than $3000 on the virtual reality goggles and software after it had become aware of how seniors’ overall well-being could be enhanced as a result of using the technology, from research carried out overseas.
“From the trial being run at Mercy Health’s homes in WA, including Mercy Place Lathlain, we have evidence that this new technology not only provides residents with a great deal of enjoyment and pleasure, it also assists those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s to recall memories about their life,” she said.
Charles Scott with the virtual reality technology.