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Dear Ms. Grasso, I just wanted to take a minute to commend you and your staff. My mother, Gilberte H., has been in and out of Port Rehab since November 2018. It does help when I am there and witness the care and compassion extended to her in her time of need. I wish I could think of the names of all the staff there who I feel have not only done their job well, but went over and above, but I will mention the few names that stand out to me. Cara has been especially patient and kind with Mom. Paul makes her smile and laugh, and the one who really prompted me to even think to write this letter is David. I believe he’s an LPN; he administers her medications. He treats her with incredible compassion, gentleness, and kindness and allows her the dignity she deserves. I don’t want to leave out all the Occupational and Physical Therapists who work with Mom. They are all exceptionally professional and wonderful. Thank you for caring enough to have a facility which seems to encourage care for those who are in dire need of compassion. Sincerely, Elaine P.


Port Healthcare Center

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital-Bradford

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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