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Tribemix and care home group, Quantum Care, have developed a series of virtual reality experiences that take people living with dementia in care out of the residential homes and away to a range of relaxing places. The range of immersive 3D scenes include the beach, a forest or watching dolphins playing around a coral reef.
The results have been astonishing, with marked positive changes in behaviour after the residents have enjoyed the experiences. Quantum have used the Abbey Pain system for assessing the well-being of residents before, during and after the virtual reality sessions. The outcomes have been very positive, and the carers have noticed a big difference in the behaviours of the residents involved.
The project has already gained industry recognition as Tribemix and Quantum Care have been nominated for an Outstanding Innovation Award in Dementia Care at the National Dementia Care Awards.
Work began when I wanted to help our elderly neighbours to get outside after becoming isolated due to disability. Our friends, Stan and Dulcie, are 99 and 94 years old respectively. Over the past two years, we watched them go from active people walking into town to do their shopping, to losing their confidence and never leaving the house. When we began developing in VR for our commercial clients early this year, I thought `Wouldn`t it be great if we could take Stan and Dulcie to the beach?`. So I created a virtual reality experience to do just that. This led to a conversation with a friend at Quantum Care. They were fortunately very forward thinking, and understood what we were trying to do. The results have been amazing, and it`s the most rewarding thing I`ve ever been fortunate enough to do.
Tribemix is now working with Quantum Care to roll the project out across their care home group. We are also working on developing the technology into training to allow carers and relatives to understand what it feels like to live with dementia.