We’re excited to bring VirtuSense Technologies to The Selfhelp Home! VSTBalance is an automated fall-risk assessment tool that empowers a preventative approach to care. Learn how this incredible, innovative technology will help us to prevent resident falls and monitor their mobility progress…
More About VirtuSense VSTBalance
The system uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assess and identify deficits in balance, gait, and function, the three main indicators of fall-risk. The system automatically generates reports after each assessment. We can then use this objective data to help create more effective care plans and route our residents and short-term rehab patients to personalized home exercises, wellness, and/or therapy. VSTBalance has proven a 73% reduction rate in falls in skilled nursing homes and resulted in 85% improved mobility for AL/IL residents.
Hear from Paul Miranda, our Physical Therapist!
Paul has been part of our team for the past 18 years and is proud to call Selfhelp his second home. Paul shares his thoughts about this new tool, “VirtuSense is a tool that helps us learn more about the patient quickly by visually recording the patient’s gait, or pattern of walking that involves balance and coordination of muscles. We gather data about each portion of the gait cycle of a patient and where their deficits are, which establishes a baseline for the physical therapists to work on to improve their gait pattern. This tool will significantly reduce the patient’s risk of falling compared to when they had their first assessment.”
How Does VirtuSense Work? The therapist slowly walks with the patient up to the machine as it records their assessment, then provides us with the data right away. We can also print it out and hand it to the patient so they have concrete feedback on their results and where to improve. Because the VSTBalance platform is portable, assessments can be done anywhere in our home! This is a wonderful feature because it gives our physical therapists the flexibility to monitor patients on every floor, including short-term rehab patients in our Health & Rehabilitation Center, as well as Assisted Living and Independent Living residents.