Published on July 15, 2022
Imagine taking a walk down memory lane with your grandmother to see the house she grew up in! Or flying through the Swiss Alps with your father who is too ill to check this off his bucket list by traveling. Starting in July, patients and visitors will be able to experience this and more during the pilot of our virtual reality program in our Nashville residence.
The benefits of VR go far beyond fun and excitement. It is being used in care and medical settings to reduce pain and manage common disease symptoms such as depression, fatigue and anxiety. It can also boost a sense of well-being by supporting mindfulness, reducing feelings of isolation and giving patients access to brand new experiences no matter their physical limitations.
Families can even personalize their experience by sharing photos and videos of beloved places and special events they want to revisit together.
Alive plans to expand the program to all its patients in the coming year, including clients of its Grief Center. Future plans include using VR to train clinical staff.
Watch this video to learn more about how it works.