BANGOR- Technology is bringing cardiac rehab directly into patients’ homes.
With different services from Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center interrupted due to COVID-19, officials from the hospital’s cardiac and pulmonary rehab facility created online exercise classes for patients with access to a computer or smartphone.
“We are providing them with education relating to nutrition, exercise, medications, general lifestyle changes to help them control their heart disease even though they can’t come to cardiac rehab for exercise. We’re still going to be able to give them that education,” says Sue Dearborn, the hospital’s clinical exercise physiologist.
“They thought about this and they had to do it fast. I mean we were in person and then suddenly we weren’t. The group of people in the rehab unit had worked hard to convert it to the platform we are using now,” one of EMMC’s cardiac rehab patients, Susan Hunter says.
Currently, the online exercise classes don’t entirely make up for the missed rehab time.
Hospital officials say the classes are a great way to help their patients at home feel less isolated while continuing with their rehab.
“I think it’s important not only for this, but basically for society in general, that we remain connected and we can use technology to do this. 50 years ago we wouldn’t have had this, but I think this is a real opportunity for people to stay engaged and keep up with their rehab even though they’re doing this from their house,” says Dearborn.
Classes had been held every Friday for the past couple of weeks, but Dearborn says due to the positive response from the patients, classes are now twice a week.
To learn more reach visit Northern Light’s website.