Virtual Reality Broadens Horizons26th June 2019 | 3 min read
Opal residents are embracing exciting new technology and sharing experiences they never thought possible.
Using virtual reality headsets, the residents are transported to places they’ve only dreamt of visiting; and experience activities they’ve always loved or wanted to try. Snorkeling in New Caledonia and floating over the English countryside in a hot air balloon is among the breathtakingly realistic experiences on offer.
At Opal, we are always looking for ways to make life more fulfilling and joyful for residents in our homes. We’re very conscious that, as people age, they become more dependent on others and their horizons narrow, which can have an impact on wellbeing. VR technology gives our residents the chance to experience activities and destinations they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. We’ve been able to create a library of amazing experiences, which residents can enjoy from the comfort of an armchair, as part of our daily lifestyle program.
Resident Doris was one of the first to enjoy the experience, saying, “For the last 15 years I’ve always wanted to go back home to Sri Lanka. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the crystal coastline; it felt like I was really there.”
The virtual reality program is part of Opal’s mission to redefine the aged care experience. Providing lifestyle activities that are fun, engaging, and tailored to individual preferences fosters a sense of wellbeing and community engagement.
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