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Improving Cognition Involving Safety Awareness, Memory, and Attention using Virtual Reality in Therapy

Posted by ACP on Jun 21, 2019 9:46:05 AM

Patient Information: Male, Age 57

Diagnosis: Cognitive Communication Deficit / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease /
Chronic Heart Failure

History: This gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility and referred to speech therapy for decreased cognitive function and failure to thrive following bilateral above knee amputations. Previously, the gentleman lived at home.

Pre-Therapy Status:
•Attention Span: Able to focus attention to task for only 1-2 minutes before requiring redirection.
•Montreal Cognitive Assessment: 3/30 indicating cognitive impairment in safety awareness, memory, and attention.

Therapy Information:
•Modality: OmniVR® Virtual Reality Augmented Therapy System.
•Frequency: 5x per week.
•Protocol Specifics: Virtual reality activities (object recall, cognitive puzzle, memory recall, pattern recognition,
object to object recognition, and sound recognition) for improved cognitive function.
•Duration: Five weeks.
•Other Therapy Services Provided: Question cards, thought organization, and activities involving visual and verbal skills.

•Attention Span: Able to focus attention to task for 25 minutes, increasing safety and improving his engagement with others.
•Montreal Cognitive Assessment: 27/30 indicating normal cognitive level.

This gentleman’s family and caregivers are amazed with his improvements in speech therapy! He now has improved social interaction and improved attention and memory recall in conversations with family.

Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab