VR4care: Gender-sensitive Virtual Reality Technologies and Semantic Content Categories for Activation in Nursing Homes

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Authors: Lucas PalettaSybille ReidlSarah BeranekB.A.MscRobert HartmannMartin SighartSebastian MayerPatricia PapicAmir DiniMartin PszeidaSandra SchuesslerAlfred HaeusslBscnBeatrix KochHermine FürliMscMichael SchneebergerMelanie LengerSilvia Russegger

Abstract: People living in long-term care facilities due to physical or mental impairments have few opportunities for self-determined activity. Virtual reality (VR) technologies offer a potential to expand individual experience through immersive presence in artificial environments, to activate mentally and to promote autonomy through the impact of self-efficacy. The overall goal of the Austrian project VR4Care was to research design basics for the development of a motivating, gender-sensitive, personalized and cost-effective VR technology to increase the activation and quality of life primarily of residents in inpatient long-term care. In the further development of VR for senior citizens, gender-specific differences were taken into account, such as gender-specific requirements for user interfaces, gender-specific preferences in interests with regard to content and different expectations of support when using the VR-based system.

Keywords: Virtual Reality, dementia, activation, nursing homes

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe1001842

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