Researchers Sherry Law has been studying the benefits that VR can provide to patients in one Fredericton long-term care home:
"If the data indicates that VR can improve residents’ moods, the technology could be implemented in York Care Centre and other long-term care centres in Canada as a supplementary tool to alleviate mood or mental health concerns in the population.
The benefits of improving mood in long-term care residents are multi-faceted. An improved mood could boost participation in rehabilitation or medical intervention, improve cooperation between the resident and staff, decrease aggressive incidents, and potentially increase overall health by reducing stress. These advantages could be translated into financial benefits as well," said Law.
The research is being undertaken by the One CABHI project. You can read the complete article Can Virtual Reality Make Long-term Care Residents Happier? One CABHI Project Investigates
NOTE: This project is using the HTC Vive VR headset.