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Dear Mr. Arcidi: I am writing to praise the staff members at Whittier Rehab in Westborough, Massachusetts. My mother was admitted to that facility on March 13, 2013 and has been there for 5 weeks. I can’t even begin to tell you how FANTASTIC the staff on the second floor have been. The facility is lovely. It is clean, staffed with extremely knowledgeable professionals and a pleasure to have my mom there. I particularly would like to mention four individuals who have been the most involved with my mother’s rehabilitation. They are Sarah Murphy, Michelle Granger, Emily Gibbs and Heather Myer. Each and every one of them should be commended! I was quite impressed with the entire staff, the way the facility is run and how everyone goes above and beyond to make the patients feel comfortable and the families to feel relaxed. What a fantastic facility you have in Westborough, Massachusetts. I would HIGHLY recommend your facility to anyone and everyone that I come in contact with that needs a rehabilitation facility. You truly have a great staff at the Westborough facility and it really made a difference to my family. —Sincerely, Lisa G. B.


Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

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Wyss Institute visits Whittier to show us their exciting new technology, the Soft Robotic Glove!

On Tuesday May 2, we had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Wyss Institute when they visited to show us technology that they are developing, with plans to implement them into Whittier’s programs in the future.

Wyss Institute is developing soft, wearable assistive devices for adults with limited use of their hands and arms!

The Soft Robotic Glove is a lightweight robotic glove that will assist people suffering from loss of hand motor control to restore their ability to grasp objects independently.

The majority of patients with partial or total loss of hand motor abilities, including those suffering from debilitating disorders like muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and incomplete spinal cord injury, experience greatly reduced quality of life due to their inability to perform many daily activities. Tasks often taken for granted by the able-bodied become frustrating and nearly impossible feats due to reduced gripping strength and motor control of the hand.

Wyss Insitute is also developing the Soft Exosuit, which offers a new way to assist the elderly in maintaining or restoring their gait, in rehabilitating children and adults with movement disorders due to Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, or to ease the physical burden of soldiers, firefighters, paramedics, farmers and others whose jobs require them to carry extremely heavy loads.

For more information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlKDBUToPzc

https://wyss.harvard.edu/technology/soft-robotic-glove/

https://wyss.harvard.edu/technology/soft-exosuit/

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