Aylesbury’s nursing home, MHA Hillside, uses virtual reality technology to allow residents to perform activities they could not physically do in real life.
This futuristic technology allows residents to team up and go on a virtual vacation, to places not yet reopened in the real world.
Retirement home is a caregiver for both older residents and younger people with complex needs; these virtual sessions help bring together the different age groups that live there.
One of the residents, Marie Furness, 75, said, “It’s fantastic! It takes me to other worlds, and it seems to me that butterflies and dragonflies reach you directly. He also tried to crush snowballs with his feet. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m sure I’ll try again. “
Another resident, Ken Tulley, 75, enjoyed strolling along an island beach as part of his virtual experience. He said, “I like it, but I’d like to see more people there.”
Grainne Wokes, Home Manager at MHA Hillside, said: “Particularly over the past year, these virtual reality experiences have proven to be truly beneficial to our residents, giving them access to the outside world in a different way during closure. .
“Everyone likes to use technology. For our older residents, this is a whole new experience, while the younger ones are more familiar with the concept. It is something that has really crossed the generations, bringing joy to young and old.
The use of technology was also highlighted as a prominent feature of MHA Hillside’s care in the latest report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England.