Investing in our facility means investing in care for our patients. From award-winning technology systems to innovative therapy solutions, St. Luke’s remains at the forefront of rehabilitation care with unique amenities, including the following:
St. Luke’s Community is a 2,200 square foot therapy area within the main campus where patients practice daily activities like getting in a car and putting on their seatbelt, loading a grocery cart or using a computer, crossing streets and navigating curbs, withdrawing funds from a bank and boarding a plane and bus. All these activities are practiced under the supervision of highly-trained therapists teaching proper techniques.
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The Restorative Therapies Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) therapy bike uses low levels of stimulations to assist muscles in pedaling. This helps improve cardiovascular fitness in patients with neurological injuries causing paralysis. It is a unique and effective therapy not widely available and was developed by Dr. John McDonald, Hollywood actor Christopher Reeve’s lead neurologist. to learn more.
Robotic Lokomat® therapy is available in the region only at St. Luke’s. Lokomat therapy is a form of physical therapy for people who have suffered a stroke, spinal cord or other injury. This innovative, robotic gait assist treadmill is able to assist the walking movements of some gait-impaired patients. Click here to read about a patient's experience on the Lokomat.
“Robotically simulated ambulation can help leverage neuroplasticity within the nervous system,“ said Stefan Humphries, MD, former Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.
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The Assitive Techonology Lab is fully equipped with adaptive technology to accommodate patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The AT Lab is overseen by an assistive technology professionals certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). They work with patients with physical and cognitive disabilities to increase their communications options and access to various technologies. For patients with limited arm or hand function or full-body paralysis, the lab is adaptable to patients’ unique needs:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking- the latest voice to text software
- iPads- with smart covers
- Web Cams- allows patients to communicate via video chat
- WiVik 3 software- allows all-in-one touchscreen computer
- Smart TV- good for group classes and patients with restricted eyesight
Independent Living Apartment (ILA)
The Independent Living Apartment helps patients and their care givers with the transition from inpatient rehabilitation to their daily lives at home. With a fully simulated apartment, patients recovering from an injury or illness have the opportunity to practice their daily home routines including making meals, getting in and out of the shower and making the bed.
The Independent Living Apartment is equipped with a computer activated control system. This allows for complete environmental control of the apartment such as turning the light or TV on and off and opening and closing the window blinds. The system can be activated by iPad or wheelchair controls. This gives patients independence in their environment and helps them gain confidence before they return home.
St. Luke’s speech-language pathologists use the VitalStim® Therapy System to treat dysphagia, or swallowing disorders. The mobile device and stand-alone machine, called Experia, uses low-level Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) on the front of the patient’s neck to retrain the muscles used for swallowing. This painless and noninvasive procedure is done while the patient is conducting traditional swallowing exercises recommended for those with dysphagia.