Journal article

Virtual visits: Reminiscence in residential aged care with digital mapping technologies

Sarah Webber, Steven Baker, Jenny Waycott

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Digital technologies can support reminiscence and lifestyle enrichment in residential aged care. This study explores potential benefits and risks of virtual visits using digital maps, tablet computers and virtual reality technologies. METHODS: Reminiscence sessions were conducted with metropolitan aged care facility residents (n = 7), using digital mapping applications to 'visit' places of personal significance. Residents and family members (n = 4) were interviewed. RESULTS: Some older adults found virtual visits valuable and all reminisced in various ways about personal, family and social experiences. Family members felt that virtual visits would be enriching for loved ones and t..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the support of BASSCare staff, residents and their family members in enabling this research. Dr Waycott is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT170100420) and funded by the Australian Government.