A Cambridgeshire care community has launched a new specialist rehabilitation service incorporating robotics and sensor-assisted technology.
Building on ten years of experience in specialist neurorehabilitation, Askham Village Community, based in Doddington, is now bringing all its rehab services together with the launch of Askham Rehab.
Askham said the service was launched in the wake of “significant investment”, enabling the introduction of robotics equipment, a move that puts it at the “forefront of rehabilitation” in the East of England.
The technology is expected to enhance the treatment of a range of conditions, including spinal injuries, brain injuries and various traumas, as well as strokes and other neurological conditions.
Priscilla Masvipurwa, head of Rehab and Nursing Services at Askham, said: “This is going to be a game changer in our approach to rehabilitation. Robotics helps to bridge the gap, increasing the frequency and repetitiveness of treatment, something that’s an essential part of the process. We anticipate that this will enable us to support our patients to reach their goals in a more efficient and sustainable way.”
Askham Rehab’s capabilities incorporate a range of disciplines, including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and nursing.
The service said the introduction of robotics augments these disciplines, allowing for a more quantitative and targeted approach to treatment, as well as greater discretion when targeting key areas following neurological events.
Alongside this, the outcomes achieved via the new robotics and sensor-assisted technology are “second to none”, thereby enhancing the overall rehabilitation offering delivered by Askham, Masvipurwa said.
She added: “Working alongside our patients to establish their personal goals, we deliver a tailored approach to suit individual needs. Enabling patients in this way helps to aid them in their recovery, as they become fully invested in the process. The ethos at Askham Rehab is very much focused on a person-centred approach, and the introduction of robotics serves to enhance this further. This is very much a team effort, and with each patient we are their own personal team, empowering them to reach their goals.”