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Report by Mr B., 1+ Year RehaCom User

Report by C. Wartenberg., 12-Year RehaCom User
Magdeburg Neurological Rehabilitiation Center

Mr. B, 58, suffered a stroke in March 2009, while working in the office of his sign company. He was rushed to the local hospital, and admitted into the intensive stroke unit. After 4 weeks he began inpatient treatment at a neurarehab centre.

Initial screening indicated deficits in Attention/Concentration and Visual Field. A therapy plan was developed, including training with specific RehaCom therapy modules, thirty minutes per day, four times a week. Mr. B commented ,"I feel like cells in the affected area of my brain are starting to reconnect". After 5 months, Mr.
B returned home, and the RehaCom tool went with him. "lt's like physical exercise - you have to do it regularly or you become unfit. lt's the same with the brain - even more so once you have had a stroke. 'Use it or lose it', as they say."

Mr. B now trains daily at home with RehaCom. His therapist reviews his progress remotely, and updates his therapy regimen every 2 weeks. His concentration and attention have improved dramatically, and he can now watch TV and even read books. When asked if he would recommend RehaCom to others, he smiles: "Absolutely! Without question. I have tried several brain-training products , but none with this advanced capability, and matched to my particular weaknesses".

Reflecting back, Mr. B says, "At first I was depressed when I started working with RehaCom - I couldn't complete even the lowest level exercises. But then I started flying through the difficulty levels, and I became more and more enthusiastic. I think the depression at first was just a natural consequence of RehaCom forcing me to recognize my limits."

 

Our center offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient therapies for neurological rehabilitation. Upon intake, cognitive deficits are assessed and a cognitive rehab therapy plan is developed. Most of the patients show deficits in attention, concentration, memory, visual neglect, executive functions, spatial and visual perception, and other visual field deficits. All of these can be trained using the RehaCom software.

The clinic has 7 therapy computers, plus a projector for visual field training. After an introduction, patients work independently with RehaCom. Training can be customized to the specific deficits and abilities of any patient, and the software tracks performance for each task, adjusting the level of difficulty accordingly. The therapist monitors the training, and can work with multiple patients at once, concentrating on those who need the most support.

Training results are saved automatically and reviewed afterwards. For patients with more severe impairments, we provide individual training. With an experienced therapist, the RehaCom software can be used to train numeraus, very basic cognitive functions.

Our RehaCom database is stored on a network server, so patients can work at any therapy station in the clinic. Patient data and training results are instantly available, and each training session begins where the last one left off. The new training results are then stored in the centralized database.

I have worked with RehaCom now for 12 years. and during that time I have watched the system develop. The company has always been open to suggestions, and looking for ways to improve the software. Patients with cognitive disorders are a difficult clientele, but of all systems I know, RehaCom is the most customizable to our patients needs.