Virtual reality provides an escape for NY facility residents

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A rehabilitation facility in New York is doing something out of this world with its residents. The activities staff at the Essex Center in Elizabethtown recently introduced virtual reality goggles to residents.
 
“Almost instantly, you can see just the smile on their face,” said Candy Goff, Activities Director at the Essex Center.
 
Virtual reality goggles have become a hit amongst the facility’s nearly 100 residents.
“This isn’t anywhere somebody wants to stay,” Goff said. “This lets them escape for a little while.”
 
From driving a racecar to exploring coral reefs, the goggles can take residents anywhere your heart desires.
 
“When it’s so busy and so hectic out in the real world, I like to go in the virtual reality,” said Jean, one of the residents. “It’s a place to escape to.”  
 
Jean thrives on the goggles, she’s swam with dolphins and gone on rollercoasters, but her favorite is exploring the streets of New York City.
 
“That’s what they do for her,” Goff said. “They let her explore places she’s never been. She’s from the North Country, so she’s spent her life here. This lets her get out of here for a while.”
 
Goff said another resident, Steven, prefers to get his adrenaline fix from the goggles. She said she can often find him lined up outside her office eager to get his hands on the set.
 
The goggles cost around $200 a pair. 

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