Co-Create Virtual Reality in Long Term Care

Co-create Virtual Reality in Long Term Care

The objective of this study is to collaboratively develop a VR (Virtual Reality) Immersive Program (VIP) in partnership with individuals who have dementia, their caregivers, staff, and decision-makers. The VIP program aims to alleviate feelings of loneliness and enhance social connection among individuals with dementia. By engaging all stakeholders in the co-creation process, the study will examine the positive outcomes and challenges encountered. This research is inspired by previous studies highlighting the potential of virtual immersive experiences to bring joy and promote the well-being of individuals living with dementia. The ultimate goal is to create a person-centred, needs-driven, accessible, adaptive, and sustainable program specifically tailored for individuals with dementia in long-term care settings.

The VR Immersive Program (VIP) draws from principles of Diffusion of Innovation Theory (DOI) and Collaborative Action Research (CAR) to develop sustainable and inclusive health tech interventions. The project engages residents, families, clinical staff, and leaders in participatory planning, applying an equity lens and Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+). Using human-centred design (HCD), the VIP ensures accessibility, adaptability, and sustainability for diverse individuals with dementia. The study follows the principle of “Nothing about me without me,” involving older adults with dementia, caregivers, and LTC stakeholders. Grounded in person-centred care theory, it addresses comfort, identity, attachment, occupation, and inclusion needs. An interdisciplinary, integrated approach engages users, stakeholders, and LTC staff, merging expertise for impactful outcomes.

We are in phase 1

Who are we working with?

We are partnering with Vancouver Coastal Health, Baptist Housing – Inglewood Care Center, Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo. Alzheimer Society of Canada is our funder.

The Team

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lillian Hung 

Project Coordinator: Please contact Joey Wong at if you have any questions/interest.

Research assistant: Sena Kholmatov: Sena


December 2023