Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC)
A grant of £30,690 over 12 months
This grant is allowing BASIC to employ a full-time physiotherapist to provide virtual reality therapy to older people who have experienced brain injuries. Older people are referred to BASIC once their NHS rehabilitation has ended and are initially provided with education, emotional and physical support, before being offered gym classes to increase their strength. BASIC have recently purchased a suite of virtual reality equipment CAREN, the Dynstable (a balancing table with games) and the ReGait (a treadmill type machine with games). CAREN has a series or games or scenarios such as a sailing boat on a lake environment and a walk through a wood with birds and insects. The CAREN software measures the person’s speed, force, the time taken to complete the game and the number of targets hit or scored. Every session is stored so that these can be compared to monitor progress. By working with Manchester University data both quantitative and qualitative is being collected to provide evidence of the therapeutic value of these systems.