Assisted living facility uses VR technology to help residents 'escape'

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been making it very difficult for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to keep residents safe. But it has also been difficult to keep the seniors occupied and engaged.
To help with this, one facility in Middlesex County has started using virtual reality as a way to escape.
Residents living at the facility were able to try a variety of experiences. Sylvia Wiser tried to reach out to pet the goats at the petting zoo she was experiencing. Bob Gutworth visited the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. And Peggy Wilson watched a group of dolphins swim by.
It is all part of the virtual reality session for residents at Parker at Stonegate – an assisted living facility in Highland Park. The group gets to watch immersive, 260-degree videos.