A session of physical rehabilitation or road safety training could soon become more appealing for patients recovering from the effects of strokes, falls and dementia. The initiative currently features four game-based prototypes designed to improve the rehabilitation experience and are available at two Day Rehabilitation Centres in Singapore: AWWA Readycare Centre in Ang Mo Kio and St. Andrew’s Community Hospital in Simei.
This was made possible by Temasek Cares, Singapore Polytechnic and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), with the launch of the Temasek Cares-TRiC programme (Technology-Assisted Rehabilitation in The Community), in October 2013.
One such prototype is the Bilateral Limb Manipulator, which supports the movements of the user’s affected limb. Mr Eric Ho, Manager of AIC’s Care Integration Division, explained that the equipment could also help elderly people who suffer from conditions such as strokes, to find their balance and dodge on-coming traffic, by practicing on a floor projection system, which simulates road-crossing scenarios.
Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, Amy Khor, who launched this initiative, said, “the programme is timely as Singapore grapples with the challenges of a rapidly ageing population.”
If the programme continues to be successful, AIC will extend the innovations to more Day Rehabilitation Centres around Singapore.