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Clinical Perspectives




Dr. Mark Gormley, the Associate Medical Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Gillette Children's, sees patients living with upper limb neuromuscular conditions every day that could benefit from the Abilitech Assist device. “Since there are very few devices currently on the market that can change the individual's ability to perform activities of daily living, this product has the potential to transform the lives of individuals living with upper limb neuromuscular conditions, giving them the opportunity to improve their quality of life."


Additionally, the Abilitech Assist device can have an economic impact on patients and their families. “Patients with neuromuscular conditions have historically relied on a family member or some other caregiver to help feed and care for them. If there is not a family member who can care for the patient, the costs can be astronomical,” states Dr. Gormley. A personal care attendant averages $30,000 per year for eight hours a day and a nursing home averages $82,000 per year. Dr. Gormley adds, “Beyond the economic impact, the personal satisfaction and joy a patient has in regaining some level of independence is invaluable.”

~ Dr. Gormley




As the Director of Rehabilitation at Regions Hospital, Marny’s extensive experience with patients living with progressive neuromuscular conditions has opened her eyes to the real challenges that these individuals face every day. Many patients reach a point where they are unable to perform basic daily tasks and they must rely on friends, family or a caregiver to help. Having tried the device herself, Marny’s considerations carried great weight throughout our research and development process. “Assistive devices like the Abiliteh™ Assist,” Farrell says, “allow rehabilitation therapists to do more with our patients and to train them in different, engaging ways.” 


Within her neuromuscular rehabilitation department, Marny believes the Assist and Abilitech’s future suite of products show great potential. Enabling a greater range of motion not only would improve the day-to-day independence for patients, but also improves their social and emotional wellbeing: “Watching a patient progress into doing more on their own is an amazing and empowering thing.”

~Marny Farrell