Residents are given a virtual view

A resident at Barnes Court in High Barnes gets to try out the virtual reality headset.
A resident at Barnes Court in High Barnes gets to try out the virtual reality headset.
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Residents of a Sunderland care home have been getting a view of ultra new modern technology.

Virtual reality headsets have been helping to bring back old memories for the residents as they enjoyed viewing Roker beach and the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Wearing the headset gives a 360 degree view of a location from a point-of-view perspective and is able to track head movements, making for a fully immersive experience.

The use of virtual reality for reminiscence sessions at the home, facilitated by Newcastle-based company Reminiscience, allows residents with lower mobility to ‘revisit’ favourite places and get up close to wildlife.

The headset view is also displayed on a handheld tablet so that the home’s activities co-ordinator can chat with residents about what they are seeing.

The content of each session is customised to the individual resident based on the places they have lived or visited in their lives, their likes and interests.

The sessions have proved popular with residents of all ages and abilities at the home, which provides nursing and residential care for elderly residents and also offers care for people living with dementia and young adults with disabilities.

Julie Haram, activities co-ordinator at Barnes Court, said: “The virtual reality reminiscence sessions have been fantastic.

“Using the goggles is a lot of fun and we’ve had staff and family members joining in with the sessions which has been great for provoking conversation and bonding.

“It’s also been very beneficial for our residents who don’t like to participate in group activities or struggle to communicate with others.”

“It’s a way for them to engage in a way that’s meaningful for them.

“It’s brought back so many happy memories for a lot of our residents.“