The SaeboFlex allows individuals with neurological impairments, such as stroke, to maximize the use of their hand in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand and fingers. The SaeboFlex is a custom-fabricated orthosis that is non-electrical and purely mechanical.
The SaeboFlex positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation to perform activities. The user is able to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. The muscles in the hand are used to activate the orthosis. An extension spring system assists in reopening the hand to release the object.
SaeboFlex allows individuals with very little remaining arm and hand function to immediately begin performing task-oriented, grasp and release activities, thereby forming new pathways in the brain.
Wii Group Therapy
Use of the Nintendo Wii system technology offers several benefits, including improvement in motor recruitment, dynamic sitting-and-standing balance, reaction time and coordination. This program provides a dynamic, entertaining and challenging option for our patients during their rehabilitation stay. In addition, the popularity of Wii games assists patients in their transition to home, promoting social interaction and a more active lifestyle.
ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Apartment
The goal of our rehabilitation program is to return patients to their independent lifestyle. For many of our patients, our ADL apartment prepares them to return home. With a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom modified for accessibility, our patients work with their therapists to improve a variety of tasks in a home-like setting.
LiteGait is a gait-training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture and balance over a treadmill or over ground. LiteGait creates an ideal environment for treating patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels. Depending on the patient’s ability, his or her body weight is supported anywhere between 20 to 40% using a harness to make walking easier. This allows them to practice for a longer time period and achieve greater distances.
Community Reintegration Program
The purpose of the Community Reintegration Program is to assist our patients in successfully achieving their therapy goals in the community setting. It gives them the opportunity to improve physical, emotional and social potential through the use of therapeutic intervention and re-education.
To facilitate a successful transition from hospital to home, our Community Reintegration outing is a significant part of our patients’ treatment plan. This allows them to adjust to any limitations they may have and learn how to manage physical, cognitive and social barriers.
Community Reintegration, however, is only part of our therapy program. It is not in addition to or in place of our patients’ therapy sessions. It gives them the ability to enhance not only their endurance, but also their self-esteem and self-confidence. Patients have the opportunity to practice their therapy in a “real” community setting with therapists right by their side.
By actually taking our patients out, community reintegration is one of the best ways to prepare our patients for eventual return home and into the community.
During the community reintegration outing, we emphasize improving functional skills such as:
- Functional mobility, including negotiation of environmental barriers like curbs, stairs and uneven surfaces.
- Functional cognitive skills, such as money management, problem-solving, judgment/safety awareness, planning and reorganization.
- Functional social skills, such as exploring leisure and recreational opportunities for personal enjoyment/self-expression and community.
Since we leave the building, patients need appropriate outdoor clothing such as a coat, hat and gloves depending on the weather. Patients are asked to arrange for a family member to bring the appropriate clothing before the trip to avoid any delays in trip departure.