Designing with Care

Posted by Leigh MacKenzie, March 24, 2014

For the most part, therapists rely heavily on rehab equipment to assist patients with reaching their rehab goals. When shopping for capital equipment therapists should consider if the product has been design with care. A common by product of shopping for a piece of equipment is stress. To regain a clear focus, consider the following questions:

  • Is it safe, effective, and easy to use?
  • Have you tried the product?
  • Does it fit in the clinic?
  • What about access? Does it have adaptive accessories?
  • Is is it effective for any fitness level or health condition?
  • Has the product been tested by exercise physiologists, ergonomic specialists, physiotherapists, or any other health professionals?
  • How many rehabilitation clinics, senior wellness communities, and other physiotherapy centres use the equipment?
  • Warranty?
  • Frequency of repairs?
  • Look for testimonials or feedback from existing users.
  • Does it accommodate the patient’s unique needs and help them make functional gains?

Here are some success stories that reflect designing with care:

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