Swaffham nursing home residents enjoy virtual reality experience
Residents at a nursing home have been enjoying fun and immersive experiences after a new virtual reality [VR] technology arrived.
Meadow House nursing home in Swaffham has purchased a new VR kit to enable residents to enjoy simulated versions of activities such as visiting underwater worlds, riding rollercoasters and sky diving.
This was made possible through generous donations from families of the residents and friends of the community of Swaffham, as well as fundraising within the home.
The activities team is now planning regular sessions using the new equipment as part of their full and varied offering to those they support.
Home Manager Joanna Jankowska said: “It’s been fantastic seeing the residents using this fabulous new technology, which allows them to enjoy such unusual and immersive experiences.
“It may be in a virtual way, but providing these experiences really means a lot to our residents and makes things possible in a completely new and vivid way. Whilst we live under Covid restrictions, it’s even more important that we use innovative solutions to support our residents’ wellbeing.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the home for working so hard to raise funds towards this and all those who helped us with kind donations.”
The new technology has been popular with residents to date, with feedback such as 'It was great to feel like I was on a rollercoaster' and 'I have always wanted to skydive'.
The Norwich Road-based home, which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, provides specialist nursing care to people with physical disabilities including multiple sclerosis.
It is part of the Healthcare Homes Group.