About two-thirds of stroke survivors receive some type of rehabilitation services. Depending on the level of medical care required, a patient can receive inpatient, outpatient, or home therapy.
- The primary goal of inpatient rehab is to return the patient to their home environment in a safe manner as independently as possible. Outpatient rehab is aimed to assist patients with reintegrating into the community.
- Home therapy will be recommended if the patients have difficulties getting in and out of their home as well as with performing activities of daily living within their home. Home care therapist will work with the patient in their own home in order to assist the patient with becoming more independent and safe in their own environment.
- Outpatient therapy will be recommended once the patient is safe and independent within their own home. Outpatient therapy focuses on higher level skills in order to increase the patient's independence within the community and in their daily routines.
Repetition: The Key to Quickest Improvement
The key to the quickest improvement following a stroke is training repetitions. The ideal length of a rehab session in order to maximize functional improvement after stroke or brain injury is 80 minutes per day according to a recent research(Schneider et al, 2016). Regardless of outpatient vs. home care services, it is very important to exercise 80 minutes per day in order to allow for the correct amount of repetitions.
Able to Improve Even 20 Years After Stroke
Lauren Sheehan, Senior Clinical Therapist at NEOFECT stated, “a research revealed that patients can achieve improvements even 20 years after their incident with therapy devices such as the RAPAEL Smart Glove.”
RAPAEL Home: Rahab Therapy Anywhere, At Anytime
International clinical experts with years of patient care experience specializing in strokes have developed RAPAEL Home ― an at-home rehab platform that enables you to receive therapy anywhere and at anytime.
- With various gamified contents, patients can be more engaged and motivated while performing their rehab program. CNN journalist, Selena Larson mentions that the glove helps patients perform repetitive movements in the forearm, wrist, and fingers while keeping it fun and motivating by utilizing activities such as playing cards, pouring wine, or tossing a baseball.
- Patients’ families can assist the patients with the RAPAEL Home program. Patients and their families can work with their therapist to set goals. And RAPAEL’s cloud system allows patients and their families to share how they are progressing with their therapist.
According to Stanford Medical Center, “All patients agreed that they liked the glove and most of them were strongly satisfied with their overall experience...Patients can use the Neofect device for home therapy with high satisfaction.”
Milissa Louwart, a user of RAPAEL Home says, “My favorite thing about the RAPAEL program is that I can do it at home at my convenience and it is very entertaining. I have noticed that it’s benefiting my flexibility and decreasing the spasticity in my wrist and hand.”
Please visit the RAPAEL Home website for more information and resources about the program.
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