The effects of therapeutic virtual reality experience to promote mental well-being in older people living with physical disabilities in long-term care facilities


Rick Yiu Cho Kwan, Fowie Ng, Linda Chiu Wa Lam, Rebecca Choy Yung, Olive Shuk Kan Sin & Sally Chan


Mental well-being is poor in long-term care facilities (LTCF) residents. Physical disabilities, impaired social engagement, and environmental stress are also common in LTCF which exacerbate the decline of the mental well-being of older people living in LTCF. Protective elements, including nature-based, reminiscence, outdoor, and group activities, are known to be effective to promote the mental well-being of older people living in LTCF. However, limited by their physical disabilities and poor social support, older people living in LTCF are not likely to benefit from these effective measures. Virtual reality has been proven to be feasible to be environmentally unrestricted to providing LTCF residents with all protective elements promoting mental well-being. However, its effects on the mental well-being of LTCF residents living with physical disabilities are unclear.