Keyton residents enjoy an immersive experience together…
In this partner post, Future of Aging Awards winner SilVR Adventures shares the success of their VR program running with Keyton’s senior living communities.
Keyton (formerly Lendlease Retirement Living) has seen a heartwarming change among its residents through the use of virtual reality (VR) technology. The SilVR Adventures VR program, which Keyton launched in late 2022, has become a catalyst for socializing, relationship building and improved quality of life for older adults in their 76 Senior Villages.
Sonal Wallace, Keyton’s National Resident Wellbeing Manager and trained occupational therapist, is leading the VR initiative. Under her guidance, Health and Wellbeing Coordinators Anita and Libby (pictured below) have successfully integrated VR experiences into residents’ daily lives, bringing them together in shared virtual spaces.
Anita from New South Wales said she was surprised at the rapid and enthusiastic acceptance of the programme. Despite an initial aversion to technology, residents jumped at the opportunity to embark on virtual adventures, sparking a sense of wonder and excitement. The positive word-of-mouth testimonials from early attendees played an important role in encouraging greater resident participation.
According to Sonal, VR has proven to be particularly beneficial for the aging population. Some residents had already been introduced to VR through their grandchildren, which piqued their curiosity. However, it was the real connections between residents that really inspired further engagement. The VR program offered new experiences and facilitated conversations, memories and knowledge sharing. Residents found common ground and renewed confidence, which enabled them to thrive socially.
Libby, from Victoria, shared the heartwarming story of a resident who initially kept to herself for six months after moving into the retirement village. Libby took the initiative to introduce VR to this resident, realizing that the technology could spark her interest. From just watching VR experiences on the big screen, residents’ excitement grew exponentially. Overcoming her own reservations, she actively participated in VR adventures and gradually became an engaged and vibrant member of the community. Her transformation inspired others and led to a domino effect of increased community engagement.
Anita emphasized the profound impact of the VR program on social connection. Both new and existing residents now embark on virtual travel adventures together, cultivate deep friendships and create shared memories. The program has proven to be an effective icebreaker, facilitating conversation and integration for residents who may feel insecure about forming new relationships in a senior living community.
Keyton’s VR program has brought immeasurable joy and fulfillment to the lives of older adults. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, Keyton has revolutionized life in retirement, demonstrating the power of social connections and shared experiences in improving the overall well-being of its residents.
As Keyton continues to prioritize innovation and resident well-being, its VR program is a testament to its commitment to creating thriving communities that support and enrich the lives of older adults.
For more information on using VR at your facility, contact the SilVR Adventures team – silvradventures.com.au