Virtual Reality for many may seem too wild or even strange as it is trending more and more with a variety of users trying it for the first time. Some caregivers are finding a very useful benefit for VR some are saying. Being a caregiver for patients who suffer mental health issues such as anxiety can be challenging for many. A program described in this article is being introduced to patients with these anxiety problems with surprising results some would say. Being able to escape to a VR world has been documented to actually reduce anxiety in many patients.
- One Caring Team began using VR in group therapy for geriatric patients, some using more than 3 times a day
- One game called “Pain Reliever” has users throw balls at stuffed bears to distract from pain
- The technology is promising but researchers must be careful not to overhype the usefulness of VR
“In addition to having caring listeners call elderly individuals, One Caring Team’s Aloha VR program reduces seniors’ anxiety by allowing them to escape to other environments.”