Falls Prevention

Q&A: Falls Prevention

Question: 

How can we utilize RESTORE with our patients in support of falls prevention?

Answer:

Great question. To start we have to consider the physical and cognitive components required for a comprehensive falls prevention approach:

  • Core and lower body strengthening (squats, lunges, etc.) to improve center of gravity control, stability to support sitting and standing
  • Static and dynamic sitting and standing balance (no reaching, single extremity reach, bilateral hands-free isolated and integrated movement patterns)
  • Weight-shifting, lateral mobility, forward/backward mobility
  • Activity tolerance for posture, movement required for completion of self-care, leisure skills, home and community management
  • Sustained attention, concentration, visual scanning, sequencing, safety awareness, decision making, following commands/direction 

RESTORE can be used in support of each component. Progress can be accelerated by combining functional skill-building with immersive, interactive content (preferably person-centered based on the expressed interests of the player). Let’s consider the following:

 

  • Game controllers calibrate to most red, green, blue objects. 

 

      • If working on functional reaching, select objects appropriate to maintain grasp/hand control or optimized for patients with only gross motor extremity control 
      • The calibrated controller for mobility should optimally have a center of the body placement (between chest and abdomen) so the player can maintain hands-free (especially if in need of assistive device)
    • Use the controller/camera view box (camera or white box in the lower right portion of the screen which tracks controller connection) to assist with patient positioning based on desired movement patterns
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      • Game settings and webcam settings can be graded based on the current physical and cognitive abilities of your player:

       

          • Backgrounds can be adjusted for greater contrast or to simplify visual display
          • Speeds and difficulty can be ranged from easiest to most difficult
          • Music and effects can be varied for appropriate encouragement and engagement
          • Range of motion capture can be reduced for players with limitations or expanded for those with full range capabilities
            • Best for games challenging a combination of up/down, left/right, and diagonal movement patterns
            • Best for games challenging a combination of up/down and left/right movement patterns
            • Best for game challenging left/right movement patterns in sitting, and left/right, forward/backward movement patterns in standing
          • Webcam setting options
          • Full, medium, small screen capture
          • Large, medium, small circular capture (narrows capture from square to circular configuration) 
          • Large, medium, small semi-circular capture (maintains top screen circular capture, but removes bottom screen circular capture requirement

           

          Demonstrate intended movements and explain why they are critical components to limiting or preventing falls

          • Patients are often fearful of falling. Having the ability to pattern their movements after seeing the therapist in action, can instill greater understanding and confidence 

           

          • Determine which skill areas you plan to target and match the game(s) with your plan. A few to consider with default game duration:

           

            • Ski Saga (default is 3 minutes). Players can control a skier in a race by stepping/shifting left/right and squatting, or up/down, left/right upper extremity movements to avoid obstacles, slalom between flags, and obtain coins and gems. Bonus points awarded after 10+ successful obstacle navigations
            • Ancient Temple (no set time limit). Players use both hands, sitting or standing, in an alternating up/down movement pattern to simulate rock climbing, with various integrated movement patterns included to challenge this treasure hunt adventure 
            • Spooky Spiders (default 3 minutes). Players utilize a dynamic, upper extremity or mobility, range to shoo away spiders of all sizes dropping/climbing vertically while watching out for a chance to knock a witch off her broom flying horizontally across the screen 
            • Bounce It (default 2 minutes). Players align with a silhouette, sitting or standing,  and can use their knees, feet in an upward motion to connect and juggle a soccer ball.

             

            When players (patients) are having fun and engaged they focus less on targeted skills and more on the game. They have less anxiety or frustration overcoming gravity and a fear of falling, when not focused on that fear every second. When a player demonstrates appropriate control, sustained action, adequate activity tolerance, and desired cognitive function that is when it is most beneficial to follow up a RESTORE session with a functional activity as they will now have the confidence to complete successfully.

            RESTORE Self-Feeding Skills

            Q&A: Self-Feeding Goals

            Question: 

            How can RESTORE help therapists to support self-feeding goals with patients?

            Answer:

            Great question. To start we have to consider the physical and cognitive components required for self-feeding:

            • Ability to bring hand to mouth
            • Ability to apply and sustain proper grasp or prehension to a utensil or finger food item
            • Activity tolerance for posture, movement for anticipated feeding duration
            • Sustained attention, concentration, problem-solving, sequencing

            RESTORE can be used in support of each component. Progress can be accelerated by combining functional skill-building with immersive, interactive content (preferably person-centered based on the expressed interests of the player). Let’s consider the following:

            • Game controllers calibrate to most red, green, blue objects. 
              • If working on up/down movements with hands for finger food, select objects to replicate prehension or grasp
              • You may even consider real food items in the color family such as grapes, tomatoes, apples, candy, etc.
              • If working with utensils, select a spoon that is red, blue, green or can have a colored sticker attachment
            • Game settings and webcam settings can be graded based on the current physical and cognitive abilities of your player:
              • Backgrounds can be adjusted for greater contrast or to simplify visual display
              • Speeds and difficulty can be ranged from easiest to most difficult
              • Music and effects can be varied for appropriate encouragement and engagement
              • Range of motion capture can be reduced for players with limitations or expanded for those with full range capabilities
            • Almost every RESTORE game has upper extremity motor compatibility. A few to consider with default game duration:
              • Take Flight (plays based on lives, duration not limited). Players can control a plane in flight with up and down movement to avoid obstacles and obtain coins and gems.
              • Jackpot (default is 5 minutes). Players can have the slot machine handle alternating sides after each pull or remain on one a single side for more concentrated motion
              • Bullseye (default 2 minutes). Players can control a bow and arrow to hit various targets and bonus items, while avoiding penalty items such as dynamite
              • Ladybugs or Car Cross (rounds of play). Players practice up/down movements to assist ladybugs or cars to cross a bridge, while avoiding allowing pests or undesirables to cross

            When players (patients) are having fun and engaged they focus less on targeted skills and more on the game. They have less anxiety or frustration in trying to bring food to mouth, if only working on this during self-feeding. When a player demonstrates appropriate control, sustained action, adequate activity tolerance, and desired cognitive function that is when it is most beneficial to follow up a RESTORE session with an actual self-feeding session.  

            Practice Self Feeding with RESTORE
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            Get Residents Moving AND Smiling!

            During the current COVID-19 outbreak, finding fun ways to keep residents moving and smiling can be a challenge. But, with just a laptop & a simple controller, you can have a dynamic therapy session anywhere! 

            An Innovative Option

            Contrived treatment approaches, like puzzles, pegboards, or batting balloons, lack the element of FUN, which can limit someone's ability to reach their goals. However, gamifying therapeutic exercise can improve engagement and enjoyment. Our online games keep residents active and happy, in the gym or their room. In fact, one of my favorite stories came from a speech therapist who was a RESTORE Champion for her center. She won over a resident after he expressed that he didn't want to leave his room or participate in therapy. After talking with him, she brought in her laptop and played a video of someone using RESTORE. She explained the functionality of games, how to play, and gain agreement. In the end, they completed a fun AND meaningful 30-minute session in his room.  The therapist thought out of the box and created an experience both they enjoyed. It was amazing to hear about!

            Below are a few tips for how you can create a motivating and exciting therapy session right in the patient's room.

            • Become a RESTORE Rockstar: If you're not confident with RESTORE, it can become a barrier to patient engagement. Take a few minutes each day to explore the platform to learn the games & functionality. 
            • Tap Into Your Inner Coach (And Cheerleader): Demonstrate the actions & tasks you want your patient to achieve and assure them you are there for support!
            • Share the Fun with a Family Member: For added support, loved ones can use teleconferencing to join Fun of the RESTORE session.

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            The RESTORE Difference

            Whether you'd like to make activities more accessible or more challenging for your players, then the Settings button is full of fantastic customizability. Each game has unique settings options that you can adjust to meet the player's interests and needs. Our users are active in over 200 healthcare centers and nursing homes throughout the country. We've seen players of all cognitive and physical levels have fun, work towards their goals, and find success. A meaningful skill-building session can genuinely happen anywhere, anytime!

            To get your residents moving and smiling now, click here & learn about our COVID-19 Special Offer!

            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@:.com or call (330) 968-2879. We look forward to supporting your goals!

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            Skill-Building with Anything Red, Green, or Blue 🔴🟢🔵

            Now, more than ever, health professionals and providers are turning to technology to support patients. Skill-building can happen anywhere, anytime, while having fun! We can support you in keeping patients active, happy, and healthy. 

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            Part of what makes RESTORE so unique and adaptable is how we can turn any round red, green, or blue object into a game controller. Our innovative technology uses color-tracking so you can assist, support, guide, and play alongside your patients without interrupting their experience! All you need to get started are a few ball-shaped objects that are red, green, or blue. We recommend using objects like Play-Doh, gloves, cups, socks, or a loofa. Larger objects, like an exercise or medicine ball, work best for focusing on gross motor skills. Use something small, like a dry erase marker, to target fine-motor skills such as grip and grasp. You can also attach wrist/ankle weights to the player or calibrate free weights as a controller for added resistance & strength training. The tips should help you & your patients have an excellent experience:

            Playing Tips & Tricks!

            • Get close, but not too close: Set the player 1 to 3-feet away from the camera. If playing with a larger object, try positioning them 4-6 feet away.
            • Endless Possibilities: Stickers, stress balls, free weights, or therabands! The sky’s the limit when it comes to finding objects in your gym/center that can be used to play RESTORE games.
            • Show the Camera What You’ve Got: When playing, the color of your object must be pronounced & visible to the camera at all times in order to track. Avoid turning down your wrist or covering controllers with your hands.

            We love to hear from our users, so send us a picture of your players or team with their most unique controllers. We’re excited for your creativity to start flowing and for you to discover the unlimited potential of the objects you can track with RESTORE!

            To start now, click here & learn about our COVID-19 Special Offer!


            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, and much much more! To schedule an obligation free demonstration of our on-demand therapy platform with our team, please contact us at info@:.com or call (330) 968-2879. We look forward to supporting your goals!

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            Engage Isolated Residents of All Levels

            Engaging isolated residents with moderate to severe cognitive impairments during the current COVID-19 outbreak can be challenging. However, with just a laptop & a simple ball, you can have a fun and dynamic therapy session right at their bedside! RESTORE games can be enjoyed by players of any level. We find that therapists experience the most success when they match the game with the player’s history or hobbies. To help gain agreement and make your treatment approach meaningful, begin the RESTORE session with asking the player about their life and interests. Prioritize engagement, reminiscing, and communication over playing. 

            RESTORE is meant to be a compliment to your treatment session and not by itself there to treat your patient. One challenge you might encounter is that a goal-directed player understands the activity they are to perform, but may not want to participate for fear of failure. Therapists can quell this fear by grading activities/settings to player ability so they can succeed and be challenged. Below are some tips to help you successfully engage a player with moderate to severe cognitive impairment:

            Playing Tips & Tricks!

            • Give strong consideration to your environment: Identify an environment with limited distractions based on noise, congestion/traffic, lighting, etc.
            • Take the Time: Allow extra time for player to respond to directions/commands
            • Distinguish between limitations: Don’t allow a player’s physical limitations to interfere with your assessment of their cognitive function

            engaging players of all levels

            When playing your first session, to take time to see if the player can correct mistakes or improve after gaining understanding - but avoid the player getting discouraged or frustrated whenever possible! We hope this post encouraged you to try something new with your residents today. Our fun, engaging, and meaningful games are meant for everyone to enjoy, so open your laptop, grab a controller, and watch the magic of a RESTORE session unfold!

            To start now, click here & learn about our COVID-19 Special Offer!


            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, 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!

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            Motivate Residents to be Active in Their Rooms!

            Motivating resients isolated in their room can be a struggle. This fun upper body activity is a favorite among all of our players. Bring the excitement of the casino to your patient’s room to boost engagement AND practice UE strengthening! All you need is a laptop and a rounded object for the player to experience the fun of a virtual slot machine.

            In the game "Jackpot", players pull the handle to try and win big! They can engage with the game while standing, seated, or even lying in their bed to target AROM, crossing midline, and functional reach. Below are some great tips to help you engage a player in the room with our #1 game "Jackpot"!

            Playing Tips & Tricks!

            • Get the Most from the Capture Settings: Range of motion & camera capture options can be adjusted to a large, medium, or small semi-circle for players seated or lying in bed.
            • Increase the Challenge: Attach wrist weights to the player or calibrate free weights as a controller for added resistance & strength training!
            • Players Can Win...Really! If a player pulls a rare "Triple WILD" jackpot, let us know, and we'll send them RESTORE a t-shirt.

            Engaging Activities Anywhere

            With more therapy sessions happening in the room, motivate residents and offer a distraction from environmental barriers and psychosocial factors. Play "Jackpot" with a resident to help them forget about their discomfort, loneliness, or anxiety. We hope you’ll follow these tips for an exciting and innovative therapy session.

            To start now, click here & learn about our COVID-19 Special Offer!


            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, 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!

            Home Safety Scenarios

            New “Safely Home” Game Supports Hazard Awareness

            After several requests from therapists, we are so excited to launch our newest game designed to help players identify and resolve hazardous scenarios in & around their homes. "Safely Home" allows players to interact with different areas of the home in order to identify and reduce a variety of hazard risks in a fun, engaging, and meaningful way. 

            Home SafetySafely Home 

            Players work to recognize safety hazards they may encounter inside or outside of home. To play, move the controller to the hazard to activate solution options. Choose the best solution to resolve the safety hazard, until all hazards in the room are corrected. The player will use attention/concentration, safety recognition, problem-solving, judgment, and decision making skills to manage the hazards in the household.  The game addresses balance, activity tolerance/endurance and can be played seated, standing.

             

            Home Safety

            Adapting one’s home to accommodate the needs of seniors is vital for independence, happiness, and longevity. Therapists can launch "Safley Home" as a means to engage in important conversations with their patients, while players build upon the critical skills needed for a safe discharge. 

            We love hearing from you!

            We were built by therapists for therapists. In fact, our most popular game "Jackpot" was suggested to us by an OT in Colorado. Be sure to share your thoughts on the game "Safely Home", including any suggestions you have for additions to the game.

            Our team is always looking to improve our existing games & create new ones to address the skills you target in your sessions. So, please don't be shy! Send your tips, fixes, or ideas to info@restoreskills.com!


            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, 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!

             

            New “Stop the Spread” Game Promotes Awareness of Healthy Practices

            Businesses, healthcare centers, and concerned individuals everywhere are looking for resources which reinforce the use of proper hand-washing & other health practices in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

            In an effort to help promote awareness for patients & residents, we’ve launched a new game designed to educate in a fun, engaging, and non-threatening manner. "Stop the Spread" combines essential health education with cognitive skill-building for attention, concentration, memory, problem-solving, & safety awareness!

            Stop the SpreadStop the Spread

            In this game, players work to identify and match the health tip on each card. Move the controller over the cards to flip over and reveal the healthy practice on the card. Test your memory by finding all of the matches as fast as you can!  Therapists & Care Partners can change from the memory to matching setting to directly match a card to the image in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. A wonderful game to target recall, scanning, problem-solving, functional reach, and crossing the midline.

            Stop the Spread

             

            Play anytime, anywhere! 

            With 90% of therapy treatment sessions being delivered in resident rooms, now is the time to take advantage of RESTORE's portability.

            Team members can simply bring their laptops to the resident's room to address functional skills and review best health practices by playing Stop the Spread. Use the games cards as prompts for conversation to help with health education. 

            • Tip: Devices can be used on a bedside table or stand to accommodate patients whether they’re lying in bed, sitting on the edge of the bed, sitting in a chair, or standing. 

            Be sure to follow our blog for more tips & examples of how you can set up a meaningful skill-building session right in the resident’s room! 


            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, 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!

            Try Your Luck with Our RESTORE St. Patrick’s Games! ☘️

            Feeling Lucky?  To celebrate St. Patrick’s day, we’ve launched two new renditions of your patients’ favorite games. So warm up the corned beef, grab a shamrock, and start your St. Patty’s the RESTORE way!

            Jack-pot-of-Gold

             

            Jack-Pot-of-Gold

            Players will pull the slots to collect three  (3) matching lucky items to win the round! Attach a sticker to your player’s chest to target weight-shifting, balance, and squatting. When asked why the slot-machine is their favorite game a player said, "I have to really concentrate on it. It makes me change hands too. It's a great, fun game. I love it!" 

             

            Leprechaun’s Loot!

            Help your patients embrace their mischievous side as a leprechaun in our newest activity. Like virtual air-hockey, players must move their character up & down in order to protect their side and score against their opponent. A perfect game from a group play setting, patients can engage in groups of two and compete to reach a high score! Watch out, the longer the game is played, the quicker the pot of gold moves between players. 

             

            Looking for a fun way to the resident during your St. Patrick’s festivities? Set up 2 or more stations where residents can play individually, as a team, or compete in a group simultaneously. They’ll have a great time sharing their favorite holiday memories and traditions. 

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            eCap Summit 2020: The ReCap!

            Every conference feels like a marathon, and eCap Summit 2020 was no exception! The RESTORE team had a fantastic time networking, connecting with operators, and showcasing our cutting-edge platform to industry leaders. As our Founder & CEO, Eran Arden said of this year’s energetic and impactful event, “we met more potential partners and clients in two days than in the past six months combined! What an amazing experience! Thank you, Hersch Krohner, Joe Stefansky, Norman Rokeach, and Barry Munk for making this happen.” 

            Friendly Competition

            It was exciting to bring the fun and energy of the RESTORE experience to eCap this year! It was awesome to see operators and leaders enjoying the next-generation patient experience as much as our players do every day in our partner centers. eCap goers enjoyed an amped-up version of our game Ski Saga complete with a Miami theme & increased difficulty for our participants as they competed to be on the top of the leaderboard. 🌴 We also hosted a raffle for those who participated in the ski challenge and were able to give one lucky winner a 2-night ski trip in Vermont. Most noteworthy was seeing so many attendees have fun and push themselves to try an innovative tool!

            Emerging Technologies Startup Tank

            One final stand out moment from eCap was the Emerging Technologies Startup Tank competition. Organized by the Israel-American Aging Technology Association Founder Eran Arden & eCap leaders, the startup tank offered a great opportunity to all who participated. “With RESTORE, it took me a year in the U.S. to understand what I didn’t know and how different the market is here.” For that reason, Eran told the audience, “I founded IAATA to help Israeli startup leaders shortcut their learning curve.”

            The competition had three leaders from innovative Israel startups participate in the pitch: Keren Etkin (Clanz), Iftach Cohen (Zero Energy), and our own Eran Arden (RESTORE-Skills). Weighing in with questions, tips, and expertise were the four amazing “sharks”! Big thanks to Barry Munk (Marquis Health Services), Vincent Fedele (Zimmet Healthcare Services Group), Ben Shibe (Cascade Capital), and Seth Gribetz (Walnut Court Capital). Each participant showcased an exciting technology and walked away, thankful for the invaluable insights into the industry and American market given by the judges. 

            Another incredible event put on by the eCap Summit this year! The hosts created a great atmosphere for networking and hard work, along with entertainment and the chance to enjoy games, meals, and presentations.


            Follow RESTOREskills on Facebook & LinkedIn for updates on our platform, new game announcements, testimonials, tips, 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!