Menu

Virtual reality distraction therapy goes down a treat with residents at Preston care home

Posted on - 2nd February, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News
A resident enjoying the VR headset.

A Preston care home is one of the first in the UK to trial a virtual reality distraction therapy, which is helping reduce stress and anxiety for residents.

Advertisement

Ribble View in Fishwick supports 30 young adults who are living with complex needs.

Read more:Thoughtful Penwortham resident donated tables so chemotherapy patients can be more comfortable whilst undergoing treatment

The virtual reality distraction therapy uses a headset which transports users to a variety of fully immersive 3D content, from a beach in Bali to the Great Wall of China.

During the virtual reality sessions, a therapist can reproduce real-life scenarios, and personalise and adapt them to the needs of the individual.

The technology can provide a safe and therapeutic experience for adults living with a range of neuro-disabilities and mental health needs.

Read more:Preston Community Network has been reinvigorated with new website and staff

Commissioning Home Director at Ribble View, Lindsay Abraham, said: “Our aim is to make every day better for the people we support, and virtual reality can help us to do this.

“Many of our residents are unable to go to the places that they’ve dreamed of going, but with virtual reality, we can make these dreams come true.

“For example, one of our residents loves going to the beach, and with the virtual reality headset, we can provide this meaningful experience from the comfort of the home – and complement it with other sensory elements such as dipping his feet in a paddling pool, running his hands through sand and the smell of fish and chips.

“The headset also offers a 360-degree camera that loved ones can use to record events such as weddings, dinners or birthdays, which people can watch on the headset, so they feel part of those big days. This is a great way to support people to stay in touch with family and friends, especially during periods of lockdown.

“The availability of such technology is fabulous for staff and residents, and we have implemented this therapy as part of Positive Behaviour Support plans, working with residents to collaboratively identify what works for them during periods of distress.”

Find virtual things to do in your area



Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines

Share
Preston in pictures Preston 2021A nice afternoonRotala Preston Bus 69153 210610 PrestonRotala Preston Bus 69157 210610 PrestonRotala Preston Bus 40807 210610 PrestonRotala Preston Bus 40719 210610 PrestonRotala Preston Bus 40805 210610 PrestonRotala Preston Bus 40718 210610 Preston View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.