New Assistive Technology Lab and Independent Living Apartment to benefit patients
July 16, 2013
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is bringing additional innovative and family-centered health care to its patients and their care givers with a new Assistive Technology (AT) Lab and modernized Independent Living Apartment (ILA).
“The latest enhancements provide people with physical and cognitive disabilities access to technology and an area that helps them perform daily activities in a safe and controlled environment,” said Nancy Webster, director of rehabilitation services at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. “The latest technology and equipment promotes greater independence for people with disabilities to accomplish tasks and improve their quality of living.”
The AT Lab is fully equipped with adaptive technology to accommodate patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is overseen by an assistive technology professional certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). 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
The upgrades in the ILA help prepare patients and their care givers for their transition from inpatient rehabilitation to their daily lives at home. “With a fully simulated living area, patients recovering from an injury or illness have the opportunity to practice their daily home routines,” said Chris Clutter, therapy manager for St. Luke’s. “This gives patients independence in a controlled environment and helps them gain confidence before they return home.”
Fully equipped with a automated environmental control system, the ILA allows for complete environmental control of the apartment such as turning the lights or TV on and off and opening and closing the window blinds. The system can be activated by iPad or wheelchair controls.
The AT Lab and ILA were made possible in part to generous grants and donations from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, tw telecom and individual donors. For information on how to support St. Luke’s, please visit www.inhs.org/foundation or call (509) 473-6099.
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About St. Luke’s Rehabilitation InstituteSt. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is the region’s largest free-standing physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital and the only Level I trauma rehabilitation hospital in the Inland Northwest. St. Luke’s serves more than 7,000 patients each year in inpatient and outpatient settings - people who have suffered a stroke, lost a limb, and suffered a brain injury, spinal cord injury or one of many other illnesses or injuries. St. Luke’s is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS).
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