Peninsula Home Care Becomes First in the Region to Certify Therapists to Treat Stroke Patients with Saebo Neurological Orthotic Device
Innovative Rehabilitation Products Designed to Re-Program the Brain
SALISBURY, MD - For more than 700,000 stroke patients in the U.S. each year, the crippling reality of stroke is not only physical, it is all encompassing. Getting dressed, making a sandwich, brushing teeth ... even the most basic task becomes a daily challenge.
But, hope can be found in a new therapy provided by Peninsula Home Care. The treatment, administered by Peninsula’s certified therapists, can bring a new level of independence to stroke survivors and other neurologically impaired individuals. Now available in Delaware and this fall in Maryland, Saebo neurological orthotic devices are designed to help “re-program” the brain following a stroke or injury.
“Patients recovering from stroke find it burdensome and limiting to rely on caregivers to assist them with simple everyday tasks,” said Sandy Russ, Peninsula Home Care branch director. “The Saebo certification allows our therapists to treat patients through exercises using innovative rehabilitation equipment in the comfort of their home, ultimately maximizing their recovery.”
Connecting Hi-Tech with Hi-Touch
Designed by occupational therapists, Saebo devices help those with little or no hand function and limited arm movement. This may include patients who have suffered from the following: stroke, brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions resulting in decreased hand and arm function.
The pioneering treatment protocols are based on new research documenting the brain’s ability to “re-program” itself following injury. The neurological orthotic devices - which look a little like they are from a science fiction movie - allow patients with very little residual hand function to immediately begin grasping and releasing objects in high repetition exercises, forging new pathways in the brain.
Peninsula offers therapies using six Saebo product lines. All are designed to meet specific physical mobility needs in the upper body, including fingers, hands, elbows and shoulders. One of the lines, Saebo Myotrak, incorporates electronic stimulation as well, to promote faster healing.
Peninsula Home Care therapist in Delaware are certified in all six lines offered by Saebo. (The Maryland offices are currently undergoing certification.) The lines include:
- SaeboMAS - This mobile arm support system is a zero gravity upper extremity device specifically designed to facilitate and challenge the weakened shoulder and elbow during functional tasks and exercise drills.
- SaeboFlex - Positions the wrist and fingers to allow a patient to grasp an object by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. An extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object. The SaeboFlex is a custom fabricated orthopedic device that is non-electrically based and is purely mechanical.
- SaeboReach - Includes the SaeboFlex and an above-elbow cuff which allows patients to use their elbow to reach when performing grasp and release activities.
- SaeboStretch - Includes three interchangeable hand pieces, each with a different resistance. It allows the fingers to bend and stretch. The SaeboStretch prevents issues that can result from traditional splints including deformity and joint damage
- SaeboReJoyce - An upper extremity rehabilitation workstation that provides upper limb exercises that mimic activities of daily living. SaeboReJoyce allows patients to practice repetitive gross motor and fine motor tasks that incorporate grip and pinch exercises.
- Saebo MyoTrac - A comprehensive, portable electrical stimulation system designed for orthopedic and neurological patients.
To learn more about Peninsula Home Care’s program featuring Saebo devices, visit www.peninsulahomecare.com or call 302/629-4914.