Remote rehabilitation brings support to the daily life of families

Movendos has started a cooperation project with the Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Children and Young People Mannerheim League for Child Welfare. The project relates to Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland), which has recently launched several projects developing methods and processes for remote rehabilitation in Finland.

The development project is called ”Connection to home – rehabilitation results to the daily life of families by video connection” and it’s going on between 1.9.2016 – 31.8.2018. The target is to produce knowledge of combining remote and in-house rehabilitation. The project utilizes the secured Movendos mCoach video call and taylored on-line tasks supporting positive change in the family. The families with under 18 years old children as demanding individual rehabilitation customers belong to the target group.

The traditional in-house family rehabilitation enables families to stop for a while and focus on training new thought and action models. Though, the challenge of in-house rehabilitation is how to help adopting the learned new models into the daily life of the families, outside the in-house rehabilitation. This development project wants to research how the changes created during in-house rehabilitation can be moved to the daily life of the family. This has a great importance what comes to the results and benefits of the rehabilitation process.

”The multi-professional group of rehabilitation professionals needs common knowledge and understanding of the daily activities of the child and the family. This enables a better support and more tailored rehabilitation targets for families, not to mention better applying of rehabilitation results in daily life. For parents it’s crucial to get heard and understood, how challenging it is to take  new learned models to home life”, says the project manager and psychologist Niina Hakala.

During the project there will be created a model, where the rehabilitation professional contacts the family with a video call connection before, between of and after the in-house rehabilitation sessions.  The model will be used as a systematic part of standardized rehabilitation processes with 25 families.  There will also be a control group of same size without remote support. The project group will collect experiences related to the qualitative and quantitative effects of the intervention.

Recruiting families to the intervention group has started in January 2017. The families have had mainly a positive and open minded attitude towards remote rehabilitation in their process. The first video discussions have focused on rehabilitation targets and needs, with some orientation to the rehabilitation process.

The Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Children and Young People was established in 2000 by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare. Both the League and the Foundation are non-profit-making, non-governmental organizations concerned with child welfare and child protection as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Children and in the objectives of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

The Foundation’s work concentrates on children and young people with chronic illnesses, injuries or psychosocial and developmental disorders and on their families. The foundation aims at the well-being of children and families in vulnerable growth environments, taking into account any special needs of the children such as disabilities and chronic illnesses. We work in their everyday surroundings with holistic rehabilitation as the goal.

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