Virtual adventures for our residents

17 April 2024

SCCQ are embracing virtual reality (VR) technology across our aged care homes, to enrich the lives of our residents, providing immersive experiences that transport them to distant places and spark cherished memories.

Residents are donning VR headsets to embark on virtual adventures, from exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef to strolling through the bustling streets of Paris. For many older people, these experiences offer a welcome opportunity to reignite a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Hazel, a resident from SCC Stretton Gardens, praised the technology, with the underwater virtual experience being her favourite so far, “I was always scared of the water in real life but I love the virtual underwater experience. At my age, to experience something like this is just fantastic”, said Hazel.

Fellow Stretton Gardens resident, Noel, also raved about the underwater virtual experience, proving to be a popular choice amongst the residents, “I used to do a bit of scuba diving when I was younger, and this experience takes me back and gives me the same feeling I remember. It’s just wonderful”, said Noel.

The VR activity is piloted from an iPad which has access to an endless amount of experiences available, and can easily be operated by SCCQ’s Lifestyle team as they lead these enjoyable sessions with their residents and help them navigate each experience.

Not only has this initiative proven to be a fun activity for our residents, but it has also helped to encourage more movement, mobility and socialisation in an exciting and engaging way.