January 27, 2017

Surgeons and their patients are finding that virtual reality can relieve the pain and stress of operations—and it’s safer and cheaper than sedatives. For Mosaic, Jo Marchant travels to a Mexican mountaintop village to visit a clinic with a difference. The story is republished here (arstechnica) under a Creative Commons license.

Renderver (US)

June 14, 2016

Rendever, a startup founded by Reed Hayes and Dennis Lally, is developing VR experiences specifically for elder care residents who are no longer able to get outside and explore the world by themselves.

AlohaVR (US)

November 17, 2016

Sonya Kim, a physician in the San Francisco Bay area, has been taking virtual-reality headsets to seniors as a part of their medical treatment. Her therapy program, Aloha VR, lets seniors use the headsets to bring variety into their days, relax and get away to a virtual tropical locale.

Solis VR (AUS)

October 30, 2016

Build VR, a Victoria-based company that specialises in VR, virtual tours, and 360-degree video and photography, recently released their Solis VR unit, a Gear VR handset for care homes that marks a big step forward in the quality of care for those living with dementia in Australia.

Marc Pascal, co-founder of Build VR, told TechRepublic that the company's work in aged-care was a result of his and fellow co-founder Sally Darling's personal experiences of the difficulties of having a family member who needs professional care.

November 14, 2016

Hertfordshire based organisations, Tribemix and Quantum Care, have developed a series of virtual reality experiences that take people living with dementia in care out of the residential homes and away to a range of relaxing places. The immersive 3D scenes include the beach, a forest or even to watch dolphins playing around a coral reef.

The project has already gained industry recognition as Tribemix and Quantum Care have been nominated for an Outstanding Innovation Award in Dementia Care at the National Dementia Care Awards.

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