*Update* One-Click RESTORE!

When you log in now, you will find that RESTORE has changed for the better!

We’ve said “sayonara” to Five-Click RESTORE and would like to introduce One-Click RESTORE!

Log-in, pick a functional skill, and booyah – engaging therapy is happening!

The Update:

  • Quickly choose from 12 functional skills with familiar titles and easy-to-understand graphic representations (Isolated Flexion/Extension, Cognition, Functional Reach, Activity Tolerance, and Balance)
  • Launch a skill-focused activity session in under 30 seconds
  • Decide if you want to save the results and the set of game you just played after you’re done

We also went ahead and added game instructions and the skills that will be addressed for each game. Use these to explain to the patient how to play and what skills they’re working on.

This update significantly cuts down setup time. We cannot wait for you to check it out! Don’ t forget to track user’s daily progress!

Follow our blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements,  and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (330) 968-2879. We look forward to supporting your goals!

Reaction-testing games helps patients take flight!

“Take Flight” with Our New Reaction-Testing Game

Our newest RESTORE activity takes players out of the therapy gym and into the blue skies above…at least virtually! You will facilitate greater engagement while supporting residents as they practice to improve their reaction time

To play Take Flight, patients navigate their plane side to side or up and down through the obstacles on the screen! The speed continues to increase until the player either (1) crashes their plane 🔥 or (2) manually ends the game. Keep track to see who can get the highest score!

Why Play?

Each of our games is designed to increase skill practice while improving function and Take Flight is no exception! Add this game to a player’s session to:

  • Improve reaction & response time
  • Increase stability & standing tolerance
  • Target visual perceptual & scanning skills
  • Maintain required proper postural alignment to increase endurance & independence with tasks by strengthening the upper extremities. 

This game is ideal for concurrent or group therapy settings! Want to see who can clear the most obstacles? Improve patient socialization skills with a little friendly competition by encouraging 2 or more residents to play at the same time. Motivate skill practice and track user’s daily progress by adding Take Flight to your next session.

Follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!

More Opportunities for Practice!

Because we know that providing unique opportunities for repeated skill practice in a fun, positive environment improves mood and function, we added *three (3) more games* to the RESTORE platform. More games = more opportunities for meaningful skill-building & practice! 

What’s New?

Each of the following games can be used to target an array of skills, in a variety of positions for the just-right-fit!

BREAK THE ICE

Break all of the ice bricks! In this game, the player moves a paddle left and right along the bottom of the screen. Break all the blocks on the screen by bouncing the ball off the paddle. If the ball falls off the bottom of the screen, you lose a life. Some bricks release power-ups when broken - make sure you catch them and use them to break more ice! Skills: This game aims to improve accuracy, awareness, stability, motor regulation, planning, and midline crossing. Use two controllers to focus on bilateral coordination.  

  • Play with one or two controllers (attached or separated).
  • Recommended playing with a controller attached to the hand, head, chest or finger.
  • Change the range of motion based on the amount of movement desired for the player.

LADYBUGS

Control the bridge/s over the water to line up to the ladybugs to help them cross the river. Don’t let the fly’s cross! Stars and hearts are bonuses! Skills: This game aims to improve accuracy, efficiency, and attention. Ideal for targeting motor control and inhibition. Use two controllers to focus on bilateral coordination.

  • It can be played with 1 or 2 controllers (attached or separated).
  • Recommended playing with controllers attached to hands, knees or chest. Use weights and tilt camera up to work on shoulder press motion.
  • Attach to knee/s to work on weight shifting and balance. Attach to the chest and have the player step up and down on a step or into a squat position to reach the top and bottom of the river.
  • See the settings below for the specific skills/areas you can target including vertical and horizontal movement (Movement direction), visual tracking starting on the right, left or both sides (Bugs Appear From) and the number of bridges to control vertically (Number of Rivers to Cross).

SPACEBOARD

Help the surfer move to avoid hitting obstacles in their path. Play with one controller and move your body up, down, and side to side to collect coins and avoid obstacles. Skills: Ideal for improving balance, range-of-motion, and motor planning & timing.  

  • Play with one controller.
  • Recommended playing with controllers attached to hands, knees or chest
  • Tilt camera up to target lower extremities.
  • Incorporate a “real “ space board for your patient to stand on when playing, using a step or stool.

Add one or all of these games to a player’s session to encourage practice and track player’s daily progress! Don't have access to the platform? No problem, give us a call or email us! 

Follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!

New Activity to Practice Medication Management!

The practice of cognitive skills, like executive function, is essential for patients to build and retain the IADLs they need to be independent. One such skill that patients must demonstrate competence in is the management of their prescription medication. But finding new and innovative ways to exercise these skills can, at times, present a challenge. 

Medication Management

Did you know that 87% of seniors take at least one prescription drug, with 36% taking 5 or more?

Sure, seniors can use Alexa to set medication reminders, but can they place the correct dosage in their pill organizer? Can they identify which pill is which? Staying organized is essential to proper medication management for seniors. And, using a pill organizer allows patients to pre-sort their medications for the week.

Extending Practice

The new RESTORE game, Pill Skill, is designed to help individuals manage their medications, so they take them on time, all the time, and avoid the dangers of incorrect medication administration. 

Pill Skill, allows players to practice this task repeatedly in a fun, positive environment. To play, your patient will first, read or listen to the instructions for their prescription/s. Then, they will determine if they are to take the medication in the AM or PM. Finally, they will select the pill, choose the correct quantity, and drag it to the appropriate side and day/s in the pill organizer.

Why Play?

  • Improve patient use & administration of medications
  • Increase the percentage of patients meeting their health care goals
  • Reduce side effects & duplication, as well as drug interactions, of all medication

Review Daily Progress to learn if patients can: 

  • Read and understand dosing instructions
  • Follow dosing instructions
  • Demonstrate the necessary motoric skills for organizing & taking medications

Each time your patient plays, the game will begin with the last level they completed. As they continue to practice, the tasks increase with difficulty, giving players a constant challenge. Encourage practice and track player’s daily progress by playing Pill Skill in your next session.

Follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!
Data-driven activities & daily progress tracking

How Do You Measure Daily Progress?

Hi, I am excited to share that RESTORE's Daily Progress dashboard is now live.

We understand how important it is for you to track your patients’ progress. You want to know if today was better than yesterday and plan for tomorrow's activity accordingly. For example, you want to see if your patient can reach higher, react faster, and respond with greater accuracy. Now, with RESTORE’s *NEW* Daily Progress dashboard, you can monitor your patients' functional progress over time.

What Progress Can Be Measured?

Game Positions Skill Data Point Displayed
Car Cross Standing & Sitting L&R Hand, Two Hands, Two Hands Together Range of Motion Max Height Reached
Falling Fruit Standing & Sitting L&R Hand Crossing Midline Midline_crosses_right
Bulls Eye Sitting & Standing L&R Hand Range of Motion Correct hits
Order Up Sitting & Standing L&R Hand Range of Motion items_caught_in_correct_order
Memory Game Sitting & Standing L&R Hand Range of Motion Wrong_couples/matches
Falling Fruit Standing L&R Hand,  Two Hands Balance correct_moves
Bounce It R&L Leg w/ & w/o support Up / Down Movements L/R Calibration Percentage

 

*Results will appear in the Daily Progress dashboard found in the Player Profile*

 

Why come back daily?

Progress data is collected when patients play different skill-building activities on our platform. To see consistent data and track progress over time, make sure your patients are practicing every day.

PDPM - What can we do for you?

Under PDPM, presenting objective data when reporting patient progress will be more important than ever. We will continue to develop and provide our users with the best measurement and therapy tools possible. If you have an idea for an activity or measurement that can empower you and your patients, let us know. We are happy to develop and add therapist ideas for the benefit of all of our users!

We look forward to hearing from you and supporting your goals!

Eran Arden
CEO & Founder

It’s fun to go to the OHCA!

Spring is officially here (even if it doesn’t feel like it) and we officially have Spring Fever! And in the SNF industry, Spring Fever = Conference Fever! As previously announced, our team will be present at the AOTA Conference April 3-6, 2019.  You can read more about those conference details here. While we love a chance to network on a national stage – we are thrilled for the opportunity to connect with professionals in our own backyard! Next month, our team heads to the 2019 OHCA Conference & Expo in Columbus. We’re eager for this chance to share the newest RESTORE innovations and network with Ohio’s skilled nursing community. 

  • 2019 OHCA Annual Conference & Expo
  • April 29 – May 2, 2019
  • The Columbus Convention Center
    400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

RESTORE, the online, skill-building platform, empowers patients in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about our OT-developed platform. Stop by Booth #1042 – where we will be offering platform demos and answering your questions. Come give our activities a try or just to say hi! We look forward to learning how we can help you meet and exceed your goals under PDPM.

Not attending the conference this year? Don’t worry! Schedule an obligation-free RESTORE demonstration with our team anytime, just email info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!

See ya there!

The Challenge of Marketing Tech for Seniors

Older Americans today don’t quite fit the stereotype we’re used to seeing in the media. As America is aging, a recent Pew Research Center survey finds,  seniors are also moving towards more digitally connected lives. For instance, 2019 Technology Survey of Older Adults Age 55-100 found that 80% of respondents use smartphones. Additionally, a reported 87% of seniors use social media daily. These reports prove that the meme of the technologically inept grandparent is quickly becoming an outdated one.
 

The Emergence of Elder Tech

In a recent interview, Reddit co-Founder, Alexis Ohanian discussed the growing sector of “elder tech.” As he puts it, there are two primary categories of elder tech. First, are those companies that take existing products and tailor them to the senior user. While the second category creates something brand new for its users. Regardless of company type, tech leaders, specifically those in elder tech, must find the best way to market to senior populations if they wish to make a lasting impact.
 
Even with an increase in tech use, adoption among Americans aged 75+ is still slow moving. Further, some 34% of older internet users say they have little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks. This matters because as Aging in Place Technology Watch notes “a lack of access to smartphones, the Internet, or in-home broadband/WiFi cuts the oldest out of access to modern telehealth, communication, and engagement. The issue of non-adoption, particularly as more health services move online, will become increasingly vexing for service providers of all types.” It is now more important than ever to understand the older adult consumer. Retailers, service providers, and product manufacturers’ businesses will depend on knowing and understanding how this consumer thinks, acts, lives their lives, and wants to interact with today’s technologies.

Below are some tips to follow when marketing tech for seniors!

Know Your Audience

As people age, they simplify their lives, allowing more time for personal interaction and less time for things that “busy” them. When it comes to targeting seniors, get to the point, and don’t beat around the bush. Flowery language and unnecessary jargon won’t cut it with this population.  Make a point or two that speaks to the needs of their generation:

  • Enhancing independence
  • Providing security
  • Getting healthier and more fit
  • Enhancing family relationships
  • Enjoying life

Give Them Something Familiar

As seniors become more tech-savvy and traditional platforms (such as phone, radio, and television) become more fragmented, marketers must identify how media channels can, and should, complement each other. People like what is familiar. Seniors grew up receiving advertisements and catalogs in the mail, so it makes sense to market to them through these channels. Additionally,  older users enjoy personal interaction and have high expectations when it comes to customer service. Personalize your users’ experience by addressing customer service inquiries with a phone call or sending a personalized thank you to clients. 

Use Relatable Language

Advances in technology and the ever-evolving terminology can be overwhelming for many users. Those who are 85 today have lived through the most drastic evolution and development of technology of any age group. They’ve adopted and adapted to technology their entire lives, from the telephone and modern appliances to personal computers, the internet, email, social media, and cell phones. Ensure your digital messages are clear and concise. When marketing tech for seniors a Forbes columnist notes, “unlike marketing to younger audiences, older adults aren’t drawn in by trendy jargon, slang or internet acronyms. They want information that is clear, honest, and concise and makes them feel valued as people.” Seniors seek and connect with content that is relatable, easy-to-digest, and educational.   

As Arthur Bretschneider notes in his Forbes article, “the United States’ senior population is projected to more than double, from 46 million seniors over the age of 65 to 98 million, by 2060. Whoever can come up with a service that excites this new group of seniors may be on track for decades of success.”  Read more about the growing senior market and Bretschneider’s tips on how to capture their attention here.

Follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!

Sequencing Activities of Daily Living

The ability to perform Activities of Daily Living is dependent upon cognitive, motor, and perceptual skills. There is also the critical distinction of a patient's ability to complete a task (physical and cognitive ability) versus the ability to recognize the job that needs to be done without prompting (cognitive ability). Each ADL and IADL involves a series of steps that are performed together in a specific sequence, without first mastering the proper sequence, it’s hard to complete these tasks correctly. As such, to accelerate practice and help patients establish an understanding of ADLs, we've created the game Sequence It!

Why Play?

  • Target & evaluate motor planning skills
  • Maintain required proper postural alignment to increase endurance & strengthen upper extremities.
  • Improve working memory skills

GAME UPDATE! 

We love receiving feedback from our users about the game, along with their ideas for which sequencing activities to include next.

Based on our suggestions, we've added a new task for your patients to practice. The latest Sequence It! the job, Making Dinner - Soup, asks players to select the correct sequence of events using the six cards on the screen.  As you can see, the player will correctly order the six (6) actions listed in the cards: (1) open can; (2) put the soup in pan; (3) warm on the stove; (4) serve; (5) eat with a spoon; (6) clean up!

We all know the saying, “don’t put your shoes on before your socks”...

Well, how about the correct sequence for grocery shopping, brushing your teeth, or making a doctor’s appointment? A highly useful strategy to guide patients in the sequential performance of ADLs and IADLs includes breaking down the task into smaller steps.  Sequence It! is designed to help your patients (and you) work through everyday daily tasks while further developing motor skills, planning, comprehension, reasoning.

Sequence It! features three different tasks to choose from grocery shopping, making a doctor’s appointment, and brushing your teeth, allowing players can practice these skills and monitor their daily progress in a fun and engaging environment.  Players need to select the correct sequence of events using the 4-5 images and words on the screen.

Adding this game to your players' sessions will promote the understanding of sequencing activities and encourage confidence when practicing ADLs. So, put away your box of flash cards, grab a red, green, or blue object & add Sequence It! to your patient's next session.

Follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule a obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (330) 968-2879. We look forward to supporting your goals!

 

 

 

Mo Money, Less Problems

Who doesn’t like money?! Our guess is no one! And while money doesn’t grow on trees, you’ll find no shortage of the green stuff in our newest game Money Mania!  Our newest game requires players to complete a variety of rehab-driven tasks involving money ranging from the basic matching of bills to the collecting bills in order to reach a specified amount. Each activity has 4 levels that increase with difficulty as they are played through. To select a bill, players use the hand to hover over the bill of their choice.

  • Matching: Collect all of the bills that match the requested one in the instructions
  • Sequencing: Collect the bills and arrange them in ascending value. Check your answer or use "reset" to start over
  • Totaling: Collect the bill/s that total closest to the dollar up cost of the given amount

Like most of our games, Money Mania! allows players to practice both cognitive and motor skills. As they work through the various tasks involving money - encourage your patients to play with one or two hands together while sitting to expand the range of motion, strengthen their upper extremities, or cross the mid-line. Players can also practice standing, with or without support, to target balance and endurance.

How will you incorporate Money Mania! into your player's next therapy session? Let us know in the comments!

Follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!

 

We’re Heading to the Big Easy!

Raise your hand if you're ready for #AOTA19 🤚🤚🤚

 

This winter has been a cold one for our team up north! So, we’re just a *little* excited for the chance to network with OT professionals in the Big Easy! April 4-6, 2019, our team will be exhibiting the latest RESTORE innovations at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana!

At the RESTORE booth, we will be offering demos of our skill-building activities. Stop by Booth # 619 and give it a try or just say hi! We look forward to discussing how we can partner with you to meet and exceed your needs as we prepare for PDPM.

Use #RESTOREwithUs on #AOTA19 posts for a chance to be featured  on our Facebook and Twitter. See ya there!

Not attending the conference this year? Not to worry, follow the RESTORE blog for updates on industry news, PDPM, platform upgrades, new game announcements, user experience, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@restoreskills.com or call (234) 303-0723. We look forward to supporting your goals!