Helen Hayes Hospital will host a free SaeboFlex seminar and screening on Friday September 16, 2011 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The event provides stroke and brain injury survivors, as well as individuals with other neurological conditions, the opportunity to be evaluated by a specially trained occupational therapist to determine if this revolutionary technology would benefit them.
The SaeboFlex is a mechanical, dynamic hand orthosis that is designed to help those with no hand function and limited arm movement. It functions on a spring release system that enables the user to squeeze and release an object. Repetition with the device helps to improve strength throughout the arm and generates more brain involvement, ultimately helping to restore functional use of the hand.
Eileen Szysh, OTR/L says, “ Here at Helen Hayes Hospital, we have found that the SaeboFlex is very effective in helping our patients to regain hand movement. What makes this device unique is that it can potentially help an individual up to 20 years post stroke or injury. The most appropriate clients are those who are unable to open their hand but have some shoulder and elbow movement.”
Following a brief educational presentation, screening participants will be assessed to determine if the SaeboFlex may be an option for them. Candidates will be able to trial the device to better determine if it is something they would be interested in pursuing. Other treatment and therapy services would also be recommended, as appropriate. Participants will leave the event with information on how to obtain the device or other suggested therapy.
SaeboFlex screenings will be limited and appointments are necessary. Appointments should be made by September 9 for the September 16 screening. For more information or to make an appointment, call 845-786-4619.