VR4care: Gender-sensitive Virtual Reality Technologies and Semantic Content Categories for Activation in Nursing Homes
Authors: Lucas Paletta, Sybille Reidl, Sarah Beranek, B.A., Msc, Robert Hartmann, Martin Sighart, Sebastian Mayer, Patricia Papic, Amir Dini, Martin Pszeida, Sandra Schuessler, Alfred Haeussl, Bscn, Beatrix Koch, Hermine Fürli, Msc, Michael Schneeberger, Melanie Lenger, Silvia 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
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