Today we talk to our designers Jun Yuan and Yvonne about their recent expedition to an Elder Care Center and how they feel T.Ware can help.
What is the general setting of the Center?
JY: It Feels very quiet, with not much activity going on. There are busy times with all the nurses bustling around. The level of hustle and bustle gets higher as one progresses through the levels, of course this depends on the mood of the residents on that day, I vividly remember that the nurse at level 4 was really positive about her job
Y: Its very bright and airy, and the nurses are all very cheerful and positive of their jobs despite the huge workloads!
Are there any problems that you can foresee T.Ware being able to help out with?
JY: I will like to think about ways on how to engage the residents more as they look really bored, to stop them from feeling confined to their bed
Y: Nurses are really busy and residents follow a certain schedule, I hope we can come up with a way for the residents to control their environment more.
Are these centers technology adoption friendly?
JY: Surprisingly, they are quite experimental, open to solutions that alleviate work loads. For example, they piloted a test on a smart bed which will alert the nurses if the resident try to get out of bed, even though there were loads of false positive
Y: Yes and no. No as in their current system is paper based and recorded, yes because they are piloting new technology, and the nurses are open to new devices that can help them with their job or provide more comfort to the resident
We set James up with 5 whacky questions to see how his brain churns. They're a collection of questions from the wildest job interview questions people have had. Wouldn't the be fun to answer at an interview? We'll let you decide!
If you were a drink, what would you be and why?
I would be a Long Black without sugar and milk. Because I believe you have to enjoy the natural taste that the coffee provides or you have to enjoy coffee in the most natural state that it provides. This is the same as my views on life. You have to enjoy life the way it is.
Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
Literal: Its furry and flies at a very fast speed. It doesn't come across clear. Somewhat philosophical: It is bright yellow and furry.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
My presence to my mum. To be with my mum during her birthday back in my hometown which is not in Singapore.
If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from a pair of scissors?
Scissors would be for me to cut short the delivery time.
If you could camp in one place in the world, describe what your experience would be like.
I would in a place which has all the nature in the environment which has lakes, mountains, grasslands. hearing the sounds of animals but within an hour's ride, i would still be able to get back to my workplace. (i turn to give him a look)
This weekend we bring you a study conducted by IAN (Interactive Autism Network)- on families on the accessibility of these treatments, and if they have been successful for them.
Interesting enough, out of 2,400 IAN families using occupational therapy, 64% reported using OT alone while 36% reported using at least one sensory integration technique in conjunction. Furthermore, 200 families mentioned using one or more of the sensory integration techniques without using OT at all.
We at T.Ware feels that sensory integration techniques are extremely beneficial for the individuals and that it should be more widely accepted and researched into, the stats above just do no justice to SI techniques.
What is shocking after is the results expected before:
And this is after:
With over 89% of families reporting that the symptoms improved and 86% of the families who experienced improvement had seen a significant amount of improvement.
We believe that as much as you need OT treatments, SI treatments play a complimentary part which do have a high chance of providing beneficial effects.
What are your thoughts? would you use just OT alone or do you believe in SI as much as we do? :)
Read more from the original article: http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/ian-research-findings-occupational-therapy
*Tables are taken from the above link
T.Ware believes that the T.Jacket is beneficial for individuals with sensory issues, and with more research being explored on deep touch pressure, we are more than happy to share it with our audience!
Sylvia L.G. et al. published their study in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice vol. 20 January 2014 on a patient with comorbid anxiety undergoing deep touch pressure therapy for the exploration of using it as an adjunctive treatment.
The response towards the treatment was positive. Interesting to note, the patient had employed such deep touch pressure strategies on her own before the trial, but without the knowledge that the actions she did was categorized into deep touch pressure therapy.
The patient eventually benefited from the 4 months treatment plan, obtained a higher GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) score, and could get to work punctually more frequently, as well as meet other social obligations!
Sylvia L.G. et al. also supports that deep touch pressure can produce a calming effect on individuals who have sensory issues, such as those with autism and ADHD.
What is interesting from these findings are that deep touch pressure would incite a calming effect and produce virtually no adverse effects, especially if the deep touch pressure is self-administered and introduced gradually.
Reference: Sylvia LG, Shesler LW, Peckham AD, et al. Adjunctive deep touch pressure for comorbid anxiety in bipolar disorder: mediated by control of sensory input? J Psychiatr Pract 2014 Jan; 20(1):71-7.
We at T.Ware will like to end the week with some inspiring news for all our readers!
Mike Brannigan, considerably one of the best runners in his school is going for greater heights with more than 200 colleges reaching out to him, and this was despite the doctor's prediction that he would need special care and education. We definitely feel great knowing that this kid has pushed on with his running dreams and gone far developing as a person as well. Read on to find out more :)