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Nonprofit to Use Reflexion Health’s Platform in Fall Prevention Program

The Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) will be employing Reflexion Health’s physical therapy software to lead seniors through the Otago exercise program, an at-home exercise routine clinically proven to reduce falls among seniors. The program will provide residents with virtual assistance and guidance on how to perform the exercises, and will tailor the program to each user.

Reflexion’s “Stand Tall” program — which was initially funded by a grant from the CDC — will bring the guidance of a professional physical therapist to seniors living in LAJH’s in-residence facilities. By using the rehabilitation company’s Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA) platform, the seniors will be able to participate in exercise programs tailored to their individual needs with progress remotely monitored by their clinician.

“We are in a new era of patient-centered, data-driven, value-based care, and virtual rehabilitation for fall prevention is a terrific example,” Dr. Joseph Smith, CEO of Reflexion Health, said in a statement. “It is difficult to overstate the catastrophic impact of falling on frail seniors, and we are delighted to team up with LAJH to help their patients avoid this pothole in their road to recovery and successful aging.”

The program promises to improve residents’ mobility while decreasing fall risk. Falls pose a major threat to senior health, resulting in the majority of injury-related fatalities and emergency room admissions among seniors. Reflexion Health’s platform will also allow staff members without special training to monitor the residents for safety as they are virtually guided by professional physical therapists.

Studies of the program conducted with the CDC have demonstrated significant improvements in patient strength and mobility, according to Reflexion, thereby reducing the risk of dangerous falls as well as seniors’ dependence on assistive devices. Observing clinicians using the platform require no special training to use VERA, with one staff member able to monitor multiple participants while receiving feedback from the platform on patients’ form.

“The ‘Stand Tall’ program helps our residents improve their strength and mobility and, like a video game, is easy to navigate and enjoy,” Molly Forrest, chief executive officer and president of LAJH, said in a statement. “We’re proud to be joining Reflexion Health and bring this digital solution to seniors to help them avoid falls and improve future outcomes.”

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