I shared a highlight moment today as an Otago patient came off of oxygen, no longer needs an assistive device, and is going back onto Otago after a relapse from pneumonia. After only 4 weeks of physical therapy, his 30 second chair rise went from 3 to 8 and his TUG went from 44 seconds to 12.8. We both believe this rapid recovery was due to the strength and endurance gains he maintained on Otago prior to getting sick.
– Mary Catoe, P.T., G.C.S., Physical Therapist, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
The Otago Exercise Program can make a major contribution to reducing falls among older adults by reaching those who are at highest risk and most vulnerable. It puts an evidence-based approach into the hands of skilled therapists who are treating frail at-home older adults with a consistent approach and message. It is an exciting delivery system designed to engage the older adult and family in self-managing personal falls risk and promoting independence and quality of life.
– (Bonita) Lynn Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA, Vice President, Injury Prevention, Lead, Falls Free® Initiative, Center for Healthy Aging National Council on Aging
From Patients at Rehab Concepts Physical Therapy Services: Testimonials from Otago Participants
“I feel I have more strength in my legs than I have in awhile from Otago and feel more confident. Getting up from the chair is easier now! I’m happy with Otago and working with Angela and have been telling my friends about it.“
“Otago gives me more structure and motivation to improve my balance issues; I enjoy the exercises. Lisa helps me understand the exercises and how they connect to my physical comfort and improvements, which helps a lot!”
“We felt weak before we started Otago and now we feel stronger. My husband’s balance is much better and he feels more confident driving and going up and down stairs. He is already starting to use the weights!”
“The Otago Program and working with Lisa is wonderful! After only two months, I could get out of a chair without using the arms to get up. My balance is much better. I’ve been doing it for 4 months now and it is easy to fit the exercises around my daily schedule. The increased mobility and strength I am getting keeps me motivated to do my exercises.”
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