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Bunkie care center uses computer for therapy

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BUNKIE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Bayou Vista Community Care resident Jeff Keys, Jr. just got a high score on his favorite game.  

214," said Keys. 

Mr. Jeff has rheumatoid arthritis in both shoulders, but he's fighting back with this mobile, touch screen computer system, called "It's Never Too Late" (IN2L).
"They don't realize how hard physically they're working as they're interacting with the system.," said Bayou Vista occupational therapist Amber LaPrairie. "It's very different from traditional therapy."

So Mr. Jeff uses this every day to work on his fine motor skills, endurance on his feet, and range of motion - and he sees results.  

"I didn't move before doing this," said Mr. Jeff. "I didn't walk, and I didn't reach like this."

LaPrairie even designed a corresponding program called move that lets her track residents' progress.  

"It measures time, so the time that they stand," LaPrairie said. "It measures speed so we know how quick they respond to certain things. It even has a camera that allows you to measure their range of motion."

"We're the only skilled nursing facility in the area to offer this type of therapy services," said DeeDee McCoy, marketing director at Bayou Vista. "We feel it's important."

Mr. Jeff Keys, Jr. says there's one more important feature.  

"It's a lot of fun."

Residents can also use the computer to Skype with family members in between visits and learn other computer skills.  

Bayou Vista received the IN2L computer through a federal grant.  
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