Residents at care homes in the North West are being given a new lease of life by being exposed to everything from VR headsets, Fitbits, and Alexa. Century Healthcare has teamed up which Redmoor Health to help teach residents how to do everything from use VR headsets to Skype relatives on the other side of the world.
“The 12-month project started in December and we’re looking to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and help people get connected.”
Activities have included doing a virtual spacewalk and riding a rollercoaster ride thanks to a VR headset to simply playing games and listening to music through Alexa. Angela Killip is the operations manager for Century Healthcare, which runs eight care homes in the region in Fleetwood, Wirral, Chorley, Wigan and four in Lytham, and said they jumped at the chance of taking part in the project, which is being run on behalf of the Good Things Foundation.
Good Things Foundation is a social change charity that supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital and the North West initiative asked Redmoor Health to oversee the programme and provide technology to Century Healthcare’s homes as well as running digital workshops for staff.
Gillibrand Hall in Chorley have sessions called “Techie Wednesdays’ to showcase the latest technology including the VR headsets. Activity Co-ordinator Nicola Marton said;
“It’s just been the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and a 94 year old resident mentioned it so we were able to download a virtual tour of Anne Franks’ house. It was really thought-provoking. Not all the residents understand the technology so we make sure it’s not invasive. One resident is a big fan of the TT Races and he uses the iPad to look at videos on YouTube”.
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