Leaving Time for Functional Training

Often times the time allocated to functional training, and OT, is limited in a person’s rehab after amputation.

We’ve all heard about the team centric care team – but too often those teams aren’t there. The ideal scenario may be that equal amounts of time are given to gaining confidence in the strength of the user’s muscles to operate the device, followed by understanding what that deice does, and then allowing time for functional training.

However, one may find that more time is allocated to setting the device up, ensuring the electrodes are placed properly, the socket fits well, the terminal devices is set up for the user properly, and then at the tail end some of the highlights of what a user could do with the device are breezed over, and if that user has no access to a skilled OT right away, they may end up getting frustrated and not use that device.

This unfortunately happens all too often.

We also acknowledge that this may not happen in clinics that primarily see upper limb patients and are skilled in fitting various upper limb devices.

However, the clinicians that may only see 1-5 upper limb patients a year, and are unfamiliar with all the available technologies, will likely spend more time on the set up than the training. We won’t even dive into the fact that the clinician only gets paid once during the entire fitting process and may have to move on to the next patient because they simply due to time constraints.

So how can we help?

Through our three simple goals of – Accessibility. Function. Convenience. – we at BrainRobotics would like to rejigger this three pronged approach of product reassurance, product training, and functional training and ensure that ample time is left to support the user when it comes to talking about functional training and ADLs.

How do we plan to keep it simple? Simple:

By offering a full kit as part of our product solution – that means not just the terminal device and maybe a battery but everything from lamination kits, chargers, electrodes, etc – our goal is to minimize the need to source components from other manufacturers, which you can if you want to, and make it easier on the clinician when it comes to the fitting.

By offering four of the most commonly used grips ready to use right out of the box. This way we allow the user to immediately have access – through a simple press of a button – to the grips they may end up using exclusively.

By considering what the user and clinician needbeyond the terminal device, we enable both parties to feel supported with training materials, documents, and resources to ensure that the 3 Fs are covered – form, fit, & function.

By checking these boxes, we allow the clinician to spend less time on the product & fitting side – because it will be easy and convenient to address both – and more time on ensuring that when the user walks out of that clinic, they not only know what the product offers and that the socket fits well, but they’ll know how the BrainRobotics hand will allow them to complete THEIR key Activities of Daily Living.

And if at any point there are questions on anything, our skilled team is there to help along the way.

We feel that THIS is how you offer the user and clinician what they need. It’s not done by overpromising what the product can do and setting unrealistic expectations, but by ensuring them that you’ve got their back and that the goal is for them to return to their lives and be independent.

We welcome you to check out our new and updated website and reach out with questions. We also encourage you to reach out if you would be interested in a product demo! We’re ready to support you and your clients!

-The team at BrainRobotics, keeping it simple

Written by Linda Calabria – Senior Product & Marketing Manager at BrainRobotics