Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wii-Habilitation Begins At Cookeville Regional

Through a joint donation from the hospital’s Auxiliary and the “Button Fund,” the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center received a Wii gaming system to use with patients undergoing rehabilitation. The use of the popular gaming system in physical rehabilitation – referred to by many as “Wii-habilitation” - is a growing trend at rehabilitation centers across the country.

“The Wii allows patients to regain movement and motor skills as well as regain balance and stability,” says Bruce Elswick, Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation at Cookeville Regional. “It doesn’t replace traditional therapy, but our patients enjoy the variation and fun that comes with using the system.”

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Cookeville Regional offers a wide range of rehabilitation services for patients from pediatrics to geriatrics – from physical therapy to occupational and speech therapy. Many of the staff members are certified in specific areas of therapy. For more information, call 783-2900.

The hospital Auxiliary has more than 125 active members who provided more than 28,000 hours of service at the hospital last year. To become a member, call 783-2740. The “Button Fund” is a part of the hospital’s Foundation and is named in honor of Cookeville Regional’s pet therapy dog Button. The fund is designed to raise money for rehabilitation needs at the hospital. To make a donation or for more information about the Button Fund or the Foundation, call 783-2037.