From VR Bucket Lists to Tours and Training REELS.
Virtual Reality has enabled patients and families to have experiences, alone and together, that simply were not physically possible. In partnership with Royal Trinity Hospice we have transported people all round the world to live their dreams, have new experiences, revisit favourite places, create new memories, be ‘present’ at important events, and leave messages for their family.
Together we are undertaking an ethically approved study to explore if VR can be used as a therapeutic tool, offering relief from physical and psychological symptoms.
The ability to experience life in another’s shoes and learn from an immersive experience that you would not other wise have had the chance to practice is what we call REELS (Reality Enhanced Experiential Training Scenarios). True to life training scenarios made by drawing on the knowledge and skills of professionals and patients, and performed by them and experienced actors, allow our staff to safely feel what it is like to be confronted by an angry relative, a patient requesting euthanasia, or how it feels to be a patient in the bed being talked about. These scenarios allow for reflection and rehearsal which could not be replicated solely by classroom teaching, and give staff more confidence and deeper understanding.
We believe the application of VR in the palliative and end of life care setting are limitless and was thrilled to be asked to exhibit at The APM’s Supportive & Palliative Care Conference this year!
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