Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nurses in NY using Wii to complement rehabilitation therapy

A hospital in New York has been using the Wii as part of therapy for more than nine months. As the article reports. Candy Perotti, a COTA from St. Francis hospital in Poughkeepsie had this to say:

"The Wii system has been an asset to our rehab unit...The system encourages patients to perform the actual movements of the sport. Driving games help patients with visual tracking and scanning. Bowling, tennis, and baseball improve hand/eye coordination."
(As a note, the driving game mentioned is likely Mario Kart -- if you're not familiar with the game, it is a driving game that allows the player to attach the regular Wii remote to a driving wheel-shaped remote.)

My Dad Bowling With Wii
Photo by Michael T. Gilbert on Flickr

The article also mentions that using the Wii can help improve memory skills, as the patient has to remember the motions and steps involved in using each particular game. The social aspects of playing Wii with others can also help aid in patients' feelings of loneliness or isolation.

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