Debbie de Fiddes sharing a virtual reality experience with a SwanCare resident
Virtual reality is no longer something from science fiction and it’s having a very real impact on people living with dementia.
Residents at SwanCare’s Kingia residential care facility recently tried out a virtual reality headset and the reaction was so astounding it brought visitors and staff to tears.
The experience was captured by ABC News.
The initiative is the brainchild of Debbie de Fiddes, a dementia design specialist, who works with SwanCare to provide innovative ways to improve resident’s quality of life. Kingia also features an interactive technology wall as well as a sensory garden, all designed for people with dementia.
“Virtual reality has an amazing ability to re-connect people with dementia to their past, to their fundamental identity,” de Fiddes said. “Technology-based therapy will have an immensely positive impact in aged care, and it’s becoming more and more accessible.”
For further information on Virtual Realty Goggles, contact de Fiddes Design on (08) 9386 9733.