To achieve optimal patient outcomes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines are followed closely whenever rehabilitation patients are admitted.
“Our nurse manager, medical director and I agree on each patient’s individualized plan of care,” says Paul. “We ask each family to take pictures of the patient’s home, and we set up our activities of daily living (ADL) suite to make it look like their living room or bedroom.
While most ADL suites have stationary furniture, our furniture is mobile, so we can make each patient’s rehab environment as close to home as possible and even adjust for people who are right- or left-handed.” Colleagues can also think creatively and employ new methods. Therapists had used the Nintendo Wii for the past decade, but recently upgraded to the Nintendo Switch. Jon says an occupational therapist brought their own to try first.
“The Switch has taken our therapy to the next level and works more than just the legs. It’s full-body activity,” Jon says.
Video games can play a significant role in a patient’s recovery, and they often play them on the 70-inch TV in the gym. Younger patients who grew up gaming are already familiar with them. Games can also include balance and sports activities, such as tennis and golf, which Paul says are great for knee and hip replacements. If a patient’s goal is to get back on the golf course, they can practice proper movement in the gym with a video game.
“We can select games that match each patient’s goals,” says Paul. “We also use driving games a lot. These games come with a steering wheel that simulates real-world driving and helps patients with cognition and problem-solving skills.”