Taking armchair travel to the next level

Churchfields care home in Oxfordshire is now using virtual reality to transport residents into exciting alternative worlds.

Amoy, 91 who lives at Churchfields Care Home in Cassington, went skydiving, but wasn’t wearing a harness or strapped to a parachute.

From the comfort of an armchair, and with care workers by her side, Amoy enjoyed a virtual reality experience that transported her to the skies.

“Wow! All I needed was a fan to be blowing on my face and it would have been the real thing, she said. “You could see everything, birds, clouds, buildings and so much more. It was such an amazing experience.”

Amoy remembered having a dream that she was free falling from a plane, and she soon requested to be able to do a skydive. The team at Churchfields wanted to make this a reality for her.

The state-of-the-art system, which is used regularly at the home, has the power to transport residents into a number of stimulating alternative worlds while care workers engage them in conversations about what they are seeing.

Stephanie Eley, Manager at Churchfields Care Home, commented: “The VR headset has been a great resource to the home and provides residents who are less able to travel to a different world and experience new sensations. We’re really looking forward to seeing more residents benefit from using it.

“It was amazing to see how much Amoy’s face lit up when she shared her skydiving experience with other residents.

“With the use of VR, we’re pleased to be able to take armchair travel to the next level.”

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