In the domain of physical rehabilitation it is generally the case that no patient ever complained that they received too much rehabilition. Once the medical crisis is dealt with, patients can often benefit from frequent and intensive therapy which is generally enhanced with the use of technology. Whilst once upon a time it was thought that cognitive impairments are best dealt with by compensation strategies it is now recognised that patients can indeed recover function given the right type of intervention. A blend of restitution and compensation strategies can be applied. A skilled therapist can use technology like RehaCom to both encourage restitution and teach compensation strategies.
That being the case, a common question is how exactly should we use RehaCom? As you can imagine there is now extensive experience available since the first versions of RehaCom first emerged in the late 1980s. Here is a "snap shot" of how clinicians might deploy RehaCom.
The rehabilitation of cognitive impairments ideally requires continuous treatment over time. Clients are typically very motivated to train independently at their computer. Training ideally begins in the clinic, or certainly a supervised way, and can then easily be continued at home under the supervision of a therapist. The duration of a therapy session with RehaCom depends on the client’s personal performance.
According to German guidelines, experience and accumulated evidence, it is suggested that clients should train:
- Several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes in the acute phase
- In the following 6 to 8 weeks, training sessions of 45 to 60 minutes should take place at least 3 times per week
- In the late phase of rehabilitation, and in the subsequent home training, clients should train 2 to 3 times a week for about 3 to 5 month
The software provides several solutions to enable continuous access to RehaCom training in clinics and at home utilising the principles of telemedicine.