Army Distaff Foundation-Knollwood is First Life Plan Community to Adopt Ekso Bionics’ Exoskeleton Device for Rehabilitation Following Successful Trial
WASHINGTON and RICHMOND, Calif., July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Army Distaff Foundation (ADF), a non-profit charity in Washington, D.C., which operates Knollwood Military Life Plan Community, is the first life plan community to adopt the use of Ekso Bionics’ (Nasdaq: EKSO) robotic exoskeleton for rehabilitation with aging adult populations.
As part of its comprehensive fall prevention program, ADF has invested in and implemented new technology and innovation like the EksoGT exoskeleton device. The exoskeleton is designed to help patients stand and walk during physical therapy after a stroke, acquired brain injury, or spinal cord injury.
Through the program, ADF began trialing the use of EksoGT for rehabilitation with older adults at Knollwood in February 2018. Thirty people completed the EksoGT therapy, which has improved gait, balance, strength and mobility, contributing to fewer falls, according to ADF.
“The military has long been a leader and early adopter of technology, from the creation of the internet to satellites and GPS,” said Major General (USA, Ret.) Timothy P. McHale, President and CEO of ADF. As was recently featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in November of 2019, “ADF is pioneering the use of numerous technologies, including an Artificial Intelligence-enabled robot designed to engage its residents socially, a COVID-19 Lab and Testing Center, a UV-light disinfection system, integrative cognitive therapies that improve brain health, and an innovative fall prevention program with in-home lighting and monitoring systems. The adoption of the EksoGT robotic exoskeleton was a natural choice for providing technology-enhanced health care in our community.”
ADF provides the full continuum of care to adults as they age. It offers its 300 residents the option of independent living, assisted living, long-term care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory support, and hospice care.
ADF’s extensive rehabilitation programs harness the use of the latest technologies to help older adults with their recovery.
“Because falls are especially devastating among older adults, causing over 90% of hip and wrist fractures and 60% of head injuries, ADF has invested in and implemented a comprehensive fall prevention program that embraces technology and innovation,” said Adriana Winters, RPT, Rehabilitation Services Director. “Our trial of the EksoGT demonstrated to us that rehabilitation with this exoskeleton device can help older adults regain mobility and independence as they relearn to walk after a stroke or another injury. They experienced improved functional strength, improved gait, and regained independence which kept them motivated. We’re pleased to begin offering exoskeleton-assisted rehabilitation more widely.”
EksoGT is the most clinically used robotic exoskeleton globally and has helped patients take more than 120 million steps.
“It is no surprise that tech-savvy organizations like ADF are embracing the use of exoskeletons for rehabilitation, but it is particularly exciting that they are the first continuing care retirement community to bring this technology to its residents and patients,” said Jack Peurach, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ekso Bionics. “ADF’s commitment to supporting older adults living engaged, purposeful lives, is further underscored with EksoGT in rehabilitation programs that are improving patient recovery.”
About Army Distaff Foundation
The Army Distaff Foundation (ADF) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1959 that provides a compassionate community with exceptional wellness care and purposeful living for older adults who served our nation. People enjoy vibrant community living, robust wellness programs to suit all interests, and the most cutting-edge application of technology and innovative health and wellness programs. ADF serves as a model that inspires other communities nationwide by its excellent example. For more information, visit: armydistaff.org.
About Ekso Bionics®
Ekso Bionics® is a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions that amplify human potential by supporting or enhancing strength, endurance and mobility across medical and industrial applications. Founded in 2005, the Company continues to build upon its industry-leading expertise to design some of the most cutting-edge, innovative wearable robots available on the market. Ekso Bionics is the only exoskeleton company to offer technologies that range from helping those with paralysis to stand up and walk, to enhancing human capabilities on job sites across the globe. The Company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “EKSO.” For more information, visit: www.eksobionics.com or follow @EksoBionics on Twitter.
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Carrie Yamond Mas
Army Distaff Foundation
Released July 9, 2020