Rehabilitation without leaving the house

     November 13, 2013
    By Javier Garcia

    On numerous occasions, in this blog we have emphasized the major advantages of using new technology to care for the elderly, such as the telecare platform Kwido. In general, we highlight these systems’ ability to reduce hospital admissions, improve the efficiency of professional carers, help relatives stay in touch, or bridge the technological gap among the elderly at risk of becoming isolated.

    However, telecare via tablet has many other benefits that can make professionals’ day-to-day work much easier, offering a higher standard of care to the elderly whilst implying significant cost savings. One such advantage is, without a doubt, being able to carry out rehabilitation at home, in the comfort of a familiar environment.

    Along these lines, at the recent 4th CENTAC National Congress, numerous contributions were made by a range of professionals during the roundtable: “Digital rehabilitation: a challenge for eHealthcare”, of which we would like to highlight the following:

    • 80{42375b4e2714ef72c5fc4d7e676c7408210af5bccbc5374aabaa9644cd347cc8} of rehabilitation techniques can be carried out at home through the controlled use of new technology.
    • Digital rehabilitation allows for a greater control of patients’ progress.
    • The use of video conferences with professionals allows, at a reduced cost, the provision of advanced services.

    However, the extensive introduction of these solutions faces two main obstacles.  Firstly, the perception of patients, who see their use as a cost saving endeavour to the detriment of their healthcare. Hence, it becomes important to correctly communicate the aforementioned findings to patients and emphasize the results obtained, given that whilst distance rehabilitation does, in effect, reduce costs, it also seeks improved medical care. The second obstacle relates to the availability of resources, which often fail to reach users.

    Nonetheless, Kwido is stepping up to overcome these obstacles, providing the elderly with all the benefits digital rehabilitation has to offer. Through its platform, it becomes possible to share pictures, videos, exercises and games with users. This way, not only can family members send photos for elderly relatives to enjoy, but doctors and carers can also share videos from other platforms such as Vimeo or YouTube, enabling them to do exercises in the comfort of their own home. What is more, Kwido sends detailed reports of how the elderly patient is using each resource, allowing material to be adapted to the specific needs of each user.

    Indeed, a new generation of telecare has arrived to make our lives a little easier and help us look after our seniors better.