Virtual reality provider Escape2VR recently visited a care home in Hertfordshire, offering residents festive exhibits to help them with their mental well-being.
Exhibitions at Foxholes Care Home included sleigh rides with Santa Claus, aurora borealis and more, all from the comfort of their seats.
It was made as accessible as possible so that all residents could participate. In the morning group session, a TV was connected to the main system, providing an interactive experience for those who are not comfortable with virtual reality glasses.
In the afternoon, the virtual reality experience was brought to the individual rooms of the residents to ensure that those who could not go down to the session could also experience and enjoy it.
Not only is virtual reality increasingly important in residences like Fox Holes, but it is also making its presence known in other healthcare settings. In August, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust introduced virtual reality training to improve learning among their doctors and medical students.
Created in 2018, Escape2VR aims to use virtual reality as a source to improve the health and well-being of customers, something that has proven to be very beneficial for those who have little or no contact with the outside world.
Neil Gandecha, Foxholes Care Home Estate Manager, said: “It was a wonderful day for our residents, who were clearly delighted with all the experience. The saddest thing about growing up is seeing the world. and getting out is getting harder and harder.
“The technology introduced by Escape2VR, however, allowed residents to enjoy something new and a reminder of their younger years, mixed with a bit of Christmas magic, of course.”