Several tools were used over the 12 month period to measure the results. (The full study may be available by request.)
Technologies such as those from 3Scape, take a proactive approach to assist elderly in their everyday lives. They highlight the fact that we need to not only aid seniors for their daily living activities, but also, we should encourage reminiscence type therapies and the development of a more enriched social and psychological wellbeing in the institutionalized elderly. At the same time we would be reducing caregiver burden and its negative outcomes, improving quality of life for all individuals, and reducing health care costs.
Reactions from participants and caregivers
Observers commented that the 3D activity made the participants visibly happier and more active. Some people who usually stayed in their rooms came out and willingly joined the activity, encouraged to communicate with one another as well as with observers. Active participation from direct care staff was strongly encouraged and central to the whole intervention process’ success.
Resident comments included:
· "Very interesting, takes me back to the old days".
· "I could watch this for a while."
Family comments included:
· “Effective in engaging”
· “Giving unique experiences”
Caregiver/staff comments included:
· “The video seems to have a calming effect during viewing and at times for long periods after.”
· "It was a great experience to watch the residents experience this technology - some of the reactions to the video; reaching out to touch what they're seeing."
· “Residents with cognitive impairment seemed to invoke memories/stimulated them. Those without cognitive impairment enjoyed going down memory lane and reminiscing after video was over.”
· “Felt it was nice to see residents get off the house that don’t usually get to go. It gave families hope for their loved ones.”
All caregivers agreed that these viewings need to be a part of the daily routine or at least available regularly.
One participant complimented the organization: "The Loch Lomond Villa is an institution that celebrates choice."
Many facility operators are seeking to make their operations more desirable places to live with nurturing environments that stimulate curiosity and learning, and support psychological, social and spiritual aspects.
In light of the study results, we suggest that healthcare workers provide appropriate technology-based reminiscent activities in long-term caring institutions based on the characteristics of their elderly residents, because these activities could improve their psychological well-being.
As well, this study has important implications for education and training. There is an opportunity for healthcare professionals who interact with older people to promote social stimulation as well as reminiscence type therapeutic programs.
In 2020, there are over 600,000 senior living units scattered across the continent. The solution provided by this technology could have potential economic impact once it reaches scale.
Some vignettes demonstrated better outcomes than others. (Detailed methodology and specific test results may be made available on request.)
Under the worst of conditions, your staff have excelled under huge pressure, long hours, and burnout, doing their best to protect frail residents from the impact of the coronavirus.
The vaccine is here. A new normal will emerge.
When that time comes, 3Scape’s technology might just help make the future for your staff and residents a little easier and brighter.