Improving Strength and Self-Care

This 75-year-old woman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility with weakness and inability to perform self-care following hospitalization for spinal abscess and resulting C7-L2 laminectomy (spinal surgery). Prior to hospitalization she lived in a one story home, used a rollator walker, and performed self-care tasks independently.

Occupational Therapy: (5x/week x 9 weeks)

OmniVR® Virtual Rehabilitation System

  • Virtual reality exercise performed using Bingo, Carnival, Picnic activities to increase strength and endurance

OmniStand® Dynamic Balance System

  • Static and dynamic balance training for improved control during self-care activities

Additional Interventions

  • Training for strength, balance, and transfers; self-care management

Virtual Rehabilitation System

Dynamic Balance System

The therapist reports that this woman performed OmniVR® activities with a high level of engagement and enjoyment. During the picnic activity, she kept requesting to repeat the exercise in order to achieve zero errors. She met all her goals, allowing her to return home!

Andreé Akst, PT, MPT, CEEAA, NASM-CES, Clinical Services Content Specialist


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