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New Study Shows Improved Rehab Outcomes for Persons Living with Dementia

January 30, 2020

Oakmont, PA, January 30, 2020 – Today the Dementia Care and Rehabilitation Centers of Excellence of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network announced positive findings from their joint efforts in the study, “Rehabilitation of persons with dementia: using technology to improve participation.” The study shows that persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can achieve positive outcomes through rehabilitation therapies that utilize the “It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) interactive technology platform.

World-renown gerontology expert, Steven Zarit, PhD, who oversaw the study, noted, “Therapeutic benefits are achievable in persons living with dementia when innovative techniques such as iN2L are used by rehabilitation teams with deep knowledge and ongoing education in dementia care.”

The Presbyterian SeniorCare Network dementia care model is based upon a person-centered approach. “It begins with our physical and occupational therapists identifying a patient’s interests,” said Carrie Chiusano, Dementia Care Center of Excellence Executive Director. “Using the vast array of stimuli available on the iN2L, our therapists customize what each patient sees, hears and experiences as a way to enhance engagement in the therapy session.”

Historically, rehabilitation among persons living with dementia has proven challenging. Although lack of engagement can be an issue for any patient, it is more common among persons living with dementia. This study demonstrates the benefits of incorporating new technology such as the iN2L to enhance and improve outcomes. Better functioning helps to reinvigorate engagement and improve quality of life.

“The findings from this study confirm what our interactive technology platform set out to achieve in terms of enhancing care,” added Chris Krause, director of rehabilitation for iN2L. “The use of the iN2L in rehab care plans not only provides good, functional content for each individual who engages with it, but also contributes to the desired outcomes.”

The study, “Rehabilitation of persons with dementia: using technology to improve participation,” was published by Taylor & Francis in Aging & Mental Health on January 16, 2020. It is available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2020.1711864

The study was made possible by a generous grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation 2017 Supporting Seniors Funding Opportunity.

About Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

For more than 90 years, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has been focused on Making Aging Easer ® for older adults and their families. As the region’s largest aging services provider, we provide a wide range of service and living options that meet people’s needs where ever they are in their aging journey. Today we are privileged to serve more than 6,500 older adults through in-home and community based programs that provide wellness and care management services as well as 56 communities across 10 Western Pennsylvania counties, including LifePlan and independent living campuses, personal care and assisted living communities, skilled nursing centers offering short-stay rehabilitation, and more than 30 supportive housing communities for income-eligible adults and persons with disabilities. We are known as a Center of Excellence in three areas – Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and End-of-Life Care -- as a result of our deep expertise and years of experience in caring for the geriatric population.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is a not-for-profit that has achieved accreditation through CARF as a Network and in five other categories including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living, Person-Centered Long-Term Care Communities, Home and Community Services, and Dementia Care Specialty Program. CARF is an international, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality, value, and optimal outcomes by conducting voluntary surveys for aging services providers to assure that quality standards are being met. To learn more, please visit www.SrCare.org. 

About iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late)

iN2L is the leading provider of person-centered digital engagement technology to the senior living market, with 3,000 communities in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1999, the company's picture-based, touchscreen interface provides easy access to unparalleled content, regardless of users' physical and cognitive abilities. The iN2L media library offers over 4,000 social, educational, spiritual and gaming content options. For more information, please visit in2l.com.

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