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In the United States, patients experience events in virtual reality that they are no longer physically capable of in reality. How virtual reality moments of happiness help with fear and social isolation.
The Lily Hospice in the US state of Michigan offers patients virtual reality experiences. With virtual trips to special places or engaging experiences, caregivers give the last moments of happiness the last moments of happiness.
Virtual reality takes patients to special places
With the “Travel Program”, hospice wants to allow patients to have special experiences. Together with employees or relatives, people in need of care can experience moments through the VR glasses that they are no longer able to live in reality due to physical or mental limitations.
In addition to virtual trips to famous places, the property also offers various activities such as immersive visits to concerts, fishing in virtual reality or diving in the virtual sea. VR meditations offer relaxation and a calm and peaceful environment.
VR in hospice: power through experiences
“We had a patient who swam with dolphins and dived underwater, a lifelong dream. She was thrilled and burst into tears. She is very, very impressive, very powerful to people, “says hospice owner Chris Warburton in an interview.
Through these new experiences, hospice wants to empower patients. There will also be personalized experiences in the future. Warburton wants to bring local Detroit flavors to virtual reality.
With the help of 360-degree videos, patients can experience virtual strolls along the riverside, downtown or outside their favorite restaurant. It would also be possible to participate in graduation ceremonies or weddings of loved ones.
Virtual reality as a remedy for isolation, fear and pain
VR experiences would reduce the negative effects of social isolation, such as anxiety and stress. Also, virtual reality helps with pain treatment, according to the program description.
These are results that have now been proven by various studies. In Britain, virtual reality is used as a substitute for anesthetics. Over 2,000 patients a year are spared the side effects of general anesthesia thanks to VR anesthesia.
Chronic pain is also treated with virtual reality. The AppliedVR start-up has been working on EaseVRx for about seven years. After a successful control study conducted by the US pharmaceutical agency, the pain therapy app can be used to treat muscle rheumatism and chronic back pain.