This is a reprint from the www.hometelemed.com web page. It is an introduction to an amzing device, the Rejoice that shows a great deal of promise in the rehabilitation space. Imagine your patients having a suite of apparatus like this in their homes. . .
This video was put together by Alberta Innovates and published in mid-March. It features interviews with ReJoyce inventors Dr. Jan Kowalczewski and Dr. Arthur Prochazka, as well as clinical trial investigators Dr. Mary Galea and Su Ling Chong. Ginny Bockman, a study participant, is also featured.
Here’s the transcript:
Dr. Prochazka - “As far as we know, this is the first large-scale study of in-home telerehabilitation in the world. I think this is the first study where we have learned how to interact with people in their homes, take them right through a training program of many weeks, measure the outcome, and then also, of course, develop the technology that allows all of this to happen.”
Dr. Kowalczewski - “I really hope it reaches as many people as it can. The reason why I’m saying this is because we’re seeing such positive results in our studies. I really hope that anyone that’s had a stroke or spinal cord injury can really benefit from this.”
Su-ling Chong - “In conventional therapy, you go to a place and you just do the functional tasks. We sneak the functions into the game, and patients enjoy it. Most of the time I have to tell the person that their hour is up because, usually, they just want to keep going.”
Dr. Galea - “A device like the ReJoyce is useful for people because it can be installed in their own home very simply, and people can use it in the comfort of their own home without needing to travel. The telerehabilitation enables the therapist to keep in touch with them, monitor their progress, and deal with any difficulties they might be having. That is a very important way to of continuing to enable people to continue improving without tying them to the hospital’s apron strings. It allows them to get on with their own lives.”
Mrs. Bockman - “When I woke up in the hospital, I couldn’t move my arms; I couldn’t move my hands and I thought, “how am I going to live my life?” When I started doing this [ReJoyce telerehabilitation], a lot more things started coming back to me. I’m able to hold my brush, with my hand, brush my own hair, brush my own teeth, feed myself. Senses have also gone back to playing with a Sony Playstation. I can kick my husband’s but on a lot of games, and I’m happy with that.”