Loros Hospice commissioned and produced a special film to give terminally ill patients whose lives have become restricted due to their illness, a chance to see the world from the comfort of their chair or bed.
By simply wearing the virtual reality glasses, patients are ‘virtually transported’ to a completely different location, one that patients recognise and are then able to reminisce with friends and families.
John Lee, 70, who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND), was the first patient to try out the glasses.“You soon relax, it’s just like you’re there, I loved it” he said, as he experienced ‘walking through’ Leicester’s Bradgate Park. “I nearly waved at somebody, as they walked past.”
As John turned his head, the camera followed, making him feel like he was actually at Bradgate Park with a 360 degree view and activity all around him.
“Since being diagnosed with MND, we can get out but I can’t spend a lot of time out of the wheelchair, so being able to have these experiences through the glasses is really good,” added John.“It’s almost as good as the real thing.”
With patient’s well being in mind, the films are an important therapeutic tool, relaxing those that watch as they are ‘taken away’ to a familiar environment.
Loros CEO John Knight said: “Research suggests that the brain accepts the virtual world within 20 seconds after which the experience becomes all absorbing."
Loros has been working with a specialist Virtual Reality production company since last year, and are planning to commission a number of further films, to create a library of valuable experiences for patients to access and enjoy.
The virtual reality project was funded by the TS Shipman Trust.
Loros is now looking at enhancing patient experiences nationally, by commissioning a portfolio of ‘experience’ films, like walking on a beach for example, that other hospices and care providers will be able to access.
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