Assess the effectiveness of using Virtual Reality for caregiver training

Assess the effectiveness of using Virtual Reality for caregiver training

Urban Health Pathway Seed Grant. PI: Ming Tang. Partner. Council of Ageing, LiveWell Collaborative. $19,844. 03. 2021-3.2022

This project aims to investigate the effectiveness of using Virtual Reality to enhance COA’s training program and specifically evaluate: (1) Whether VR can be an effective training platform for family and informal caregivers. (2) Whether a simulated inter-personal dialogue in the virtual environment can help caregivers understand and appreciate the root causes of certain behaviors in their care recipient.  (3) Whether the VR experience can build empathy for the care recipient by allowing the caregiver to experience day-to-day life from the care recipient’s perspective. (4) Continue to work with COA and LWC to develop an expandable set of VR training modules designed to help train family and friends who are thrust into the caregiving role.