University of Pittsburgh

Next Health is excited to formally announce our partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. As of 2015, we have officially begun collaboration with Dr. Rory Cooper in cooperation with the university’s Human Engineering Resource Laboratories (HERL) and Center for Assistive Technology.

The Human Engineering Resource Laboratories focuses on developing innovative technology used to assist injured veterans in living productive and healthy lives. They conduct research studies that provide information that can be used to improve the mobility of those with disabilities through advancements in engineering and rehabilitation.

The Center for Assistive Technology aims to be a leader and innovator in creating assistive technology. They focus on products that improve mobility for those affected by strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries as well as other conditions.

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Ability Beyond

Next Health has established a very close relationship with the Ability Beyond Disability organization. Ability Beyond offers one of the most comprehensive systems of community-based support for people with disabilities who desire to live as part as their community. Located in New York and Connecticut, they focus on helping nearly 3,000 people overcome a variety of challenges. Next Health and Ability Beyond share similar values – high quality of services being on the top of the list. One way Ability Beyond ensures the highest quality of care is through technology solutions. Next Health’s AgileLife TMS is utilized throughout Ability Beyond’s service lines to help promote efficiencies in their care giving.

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Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT is the second-largest Catholic university in New England offering both undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs. It is comprised of six distinct colleges and one school including the College of Nursing and the College of Health Professions. Both of these colleges offer a collaborative, team-based learning environment in which interaction occurs between nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy students and faculty. There is an immersive acute care simulation lab where one of the areas addressed is safe patient handling and movement (SPHM) since this has a huge impact on both patient and caregiver well-being. As such, Next Health has provided the AgileLife system and the feedback from students has been very positive.

SHU is building a new Center for Healthcare Education which will not only enhance clinical skills and collaboration between healthcare disciplines, improve an already remarkable simulation lab environment and provide students with the latest technology, but will also offer an exciting new multi-professional education clinic. This clinic will include specialized single-profession services and a collaborative, holistic approach to needed services for everyone from pediatric to geriatric populations. Next Health will continue to partner with SHU when they move into the new center next year.

Quote from an occupational therapy student:

The AgileLife system is better – it will reduce pain, have a positive effect on health and enable longer careers.

Quote from a nursing student:

The AgileLife system will help reduce back issues for caregivers and decrease falls for patients.

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Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels is a national, private duty network of home care agencies. This leading provider of non-medical care for seniors is founded on enabling our senior community to remain safely at home and supports the Aging in Place movement. All agencies are bonded and insured for safety and peace of mind, caregivers are consistently monitored and staff members check in with clients and/or family on a regular basis.

Visiting Angels offers companion care, personal care, respite care and general eldercare services and are known for tailoring services to their client’s needs. As such, a number of Visiting Angels agencies recommend Next Health’s AgileLife system for their clients since it provides both a product and a service due to its Zero-Lift capability. This enables one caregiver to transfer and re-position a disabled, immobile or “high fall risk” client while providing pressure redistribution surfaces along with other features. The safety, comfort, dignity and often improved mobility associated with the AgileLife system add to their client’s overall quality of life and there is a reduced risk of injury to Visiting Angels staff members. Client and caregiver quality of life and safety are of paramount importance to Visiting Angels agencies.

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