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Specialized Rehab for Patients with Dementia


By Colette Gourley, Community Relations Coordinator, Heritage Health

The process of rehabilitation after an accident or illness can be challenging. It is even more challenging for those who need rehabilitative therapy but also have dementia or cognitive issues. Traditional therapies tailored to individuals without cognitive issues may not be effective for those people with dementia. Rest assured that specialized therapy is available for patients who have dementia or cognitive issues.

One way in which this specialized therapy can be administered to achieve the desired outcomes is with the use of a computer system called the iN2L or “It’s Never Too Late” system. Therapists can take advantage of these advances in technology to treat patients regardless of age, physical ability, or cognitive ability. The system engages patients of all levels and with different interests (including those with dementia who are traditionally more difficult to engage).

This modern therapy is senior-friendly and easy to use. Areas of treatment with the iN2L include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and cognitive therapy through the multitude of programs with a touch of the keyboard. Through effective and appropriate use of these programs, patients can enjoy dignified therapy that improves their cognitive skills.

The iN2L utilizes a touch-screen monitor, oversized keyboard, and mouse that are housed on an adjustable and mobile workstation. There are additional accessories available such as the Virtual Cycle and Flight Simulator to support the various programs and to offer endless choices for the patient. Thousands of exercises from puzzles and simulations to brainteasers and karaoke are loaded onto the system.

Also, the iN2L can be personalized with the favorite programs of a particular rehab patient by saving those frequently used programs in their own section. The progress can be recorded as data for the therapist and doctor to use in determining more effectively the decline or improvement of a patient’s treatment.

Another feature of the system is that since the components are housed on a mobile workstation, the therapist has the flexibility to offer therapy sessions in the patient’s room, thus increasing the opportunity for consistent rehab.

With the use of the iN2L, patients are likely to maximize their time spent in therapy. The iN2L can be an effective tool in achieving the patients’ goals set by the therapists. In the end, the benefits to the patients are enhanced independence, a sense of satisfaction, and an improved quality of life.

For more information about specialized rehab for those with dementia at Heritage Health in Normal (Adelaide Street), contact Colette Gourley at 309-825-1409 or email her at Heritage Health in Normal is an exclusive provider of RESTORE therapy services effectively utilizing the technology of the iN2L computer system with patients who have dementia.

Photo credit: Rick Kessinger