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A First Encounter of Residents of a Long-Term Care Facility with Virtual Reality Glasses

Version 1 : Received: 20 September 2018 / Approved: 20 September 2018 / Online: 20 September 2018 (13:34:02 CEST)

How to cite: Mühlegger, V. A First Encounter of Residents of a Long-Term Care Facility with Virtual Reality Glasses. Preprints 2018, 2018090410 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201809.0410.v1). Mühlegger, V. A First Encounter of Residents of a Long-Term Care Facility with Virtual Reality Glasses. Preprints 2018, 2018090410 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201809.0410.v1).

Abstract

In this study, 6 residents of a long-term care facility were asked to try on Virtual Reality glasses and report their first experiences with Virtual Reality. The results show that Virtual Reality is of great interest to elderly residents of in-patient long-term care facilities. The wearing period was longer than expected and no symptoms of cyber sickness occurred. For the residents it was exciting to explore the virtual environments. Austrian destinations, nature scenes in the mountains and forests but also trips to the zoo, the museum, in churches or even densely populated areas like shopping streets or train stations would be places for the residents, they would like to explore virtually. Far-off destinations such as Rio de Janeiro or the Caribbean are more of an exception. Biographically relevant places such as the parental home or the location of their wedding were not named. Concerning the usability, an adjustment of the VR glasses is necessary for a longer-term use in any case.

Subject Areas

long-term care, technology, therapy, virtual reality

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