Take a VR tour of the Russets dementia care home
Relatives seeking dementia care for their loved ones can now take a virtual tour of the Trust’s Russets dementia care home in Sandford on their smart phone, tablet, laptop, PC or even by putting on a pair VR goggles.
The tour features members of the administration, nursing, care and support, housekeeping and catering teams showing viewers around the North Somerset care home.
A happy and welcoming place
Deputy Care Home Manager, Raechel Bentley, who appears in the film said: "Often the first time someone visits a dementia care home is when they a seeking care for a loved-one and it can be quite an overwhelming experience for all involved.”
“By offering a virtual tour of our facilities from the comfort of their own home, we hope to ‘break the ice’ with any prospective residents and show them what a happy and welcoming place a dementia care home can be.”
“Whether you’re looking to get dementia care for your loved one, curious as to what life is like in a dementia care home or are considering a career in the care sector, I would encourage everyone to watch our VR Tour of the Russets.”
Tips for first-time users... Once playing, take a look around each space and follow the action by clicking then dragging your cursor on desktop or rotating your mobile device.
A comforting introduction
The film was shot over two days in the autumn by London-based company, Flix Films who have previously created VR tours for Trinity Hospice and have extensive experience with VR in healthcare, including a clinically approved study to explore the potential of virtual reality as a therapy for people at the end of life.
Managing Director of Flix Films, Leon Ancliffe said: “Virtual reality tours enable the viewer to virtually experience and familiarise themselves with real-life environments, such as a dementia care home.
“By virtually opening its doors, the Russets’ VR tour will equip viewers with a unique person-led 360 visual and audio experience that increases confidence and makes them feel like they are really there.
“People may have negative preconceptions of what a dementia care home is like and VR is a great way of providing a comforting introduction to a care environment from the safety of the viewer’s home.”
Its award-winning design has five inter-linked bungalows built in a circle around an internal garden with a central clubhouse where daily activities are held.
To ask any questions about the Russets, arrange a viewing or for more information, please call the Trust’s admissions team on 0800 952 0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.