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Virtual reality helps check off residents’ bucket list items

Samsung Australia has teamed up with aged care provider Uniting to provide a bucket list program for aged care homes across NSW and the ACT, to encourage residents to fulfil their dreams.

The pilot program aims to evaluate how technology like virtual reality (VR) can reduce isolation and support social integration for aged care residents.

Current studies are investigating the technological benefits of VR in healthcare, including for those with dementia and in pain management.

Residents at each home will be allowed to select an activity they have yet to achieve, with an emphasis on experiences they did not think possible. Samsung will then source the virtual reality content to satisfy their requests.

Here to tell us more about the pilot is director of residential aged and healthcare at Uniting, Saviour Buhagiar.

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