Rescape has collaborated with Hospice UK and The National Garden Scheme to trial virtual reality experiences in hospices across the UK, for patients experiencing a variety of issues. By simply putting on a headset, a patient can be transported to an exotic safari, underwater for deep sea diving, or a tranquil garden - all while remaining in the comfort and safety of their usual environment. An effective tool for relaxation, this therapy has been shown to reduce patients’ anxiety and distract from pain.
“We’re thrilled that this innovative technology means that our gardens will be providing real and meaningful pain relief and relaxation to those who need it most.” says National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre.
Following the successful trial at the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle, staff are looking forward to seeing what these virtual gardens can offer their residents into the future.
“I have been a nurse for over 25 years, and what I witnessed when a patient used the DR-VR was probably one of the most amazing, moving and beautiful experiences I have witnessed. It took him back to a time when he was able to dive…a sport he really loved,” reports Gillian, Head of Quality and Clinical Practice at Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle.
Nearly all patients who have used the VR therapy found it to be a positive experience, with many requesting to use VR on subsequent visits.
Visit the National Garden Scheme website for more information on this exciting collaboration: