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The Rendever team invited the residents of a senior living facility to join a Google Streetview VR experience.
Rupert, one of the residents, asked if they could visit his hometown in Ohio. Specifically he wanted to visit his family home where he and his wife raised their two daughters. Rupert was able to walk around the outside of the house and share stories about the two chickens his daughters used to chase, the Tango-dancing neighbors, and everything he loved about his wife Jean. The whole room was in tears.
Rupert would typically sit outside the senior living home every Friday with a packed suitcase, waiting for someone to collect him to take him back home to Ohio. When the Rendever team followed up they were told by the facility management that Rupert no longer sat outside on Fridays. The VR experience had given him the ability to visit the house and relive the memories one last time.
Eat. Sleep. VR. Repeat.
Enabling Seniors to teleport wherever they dream to visit.
Rendever is overcoming social isolation through the power of virtual reality and shared experiences. From senior living communities to hospitals, their platform is being used to reduce depression and loneliness by fostering personal connections amongst populations where life has become limited. Participants in group sessions can check off bucket list items together, revisit meaningful places, share stories, connect with each other and more.
Responding to COVID-19
Rendever created a new interactive experience called the “Connection Corner.” Residents create avatars and visit living rooms that host up to 10 people - all from the comfort of their own chair. The voice communication feature allows for engaging conversations between people around the world.
200 senior living communities and hospitals currently use the Rendever technology in the US and Canada. Since 2016, nearly 800,000 experiences brought changes to many thousands of Seniors. Caregivers have described the change as going “from simply existing to suddenly feeling ecstatic, exuberant and eager to share memories and lifelong passions.” To learn more about the work that Rendever is doing check out this video and visit www.rendever.com.
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