Feasibility of using an in-home video conferencing system in geriatric rehabilitation

J Rehabil Med. 2011 Mar;43(4):364-6. doi: 10.2340/16501977-0675.


Objective: This pilot study trialled an in-home videoconferencing system to determine the feasibility of delivering rehabilitation services remotely to aged clients.

Methods: Patients approved for community-based transition care were prospectively recruited to trial the eHAB™ video-conferencing system. Staff completed patient logs to record reasons for patient exclusion/inclusion. A staff satisfaction survey recorded qualitative feedback on the operation of eHAB™.

Results: Of 44 patients admitted to transition care, 34 (77%) were considered unsuitable for telerehabilitation, due mainly to hearing and/or vision impairment, client/carer anxiety, lack of space in the home, and cognitive impairment. Three proceeded with set-up and use of eHAB™. Staff reported that telerehabilitation was particularly challenging because of the complexity of cases, with many requiring "hands-on" therapy.

Conclusion: To implement telerehabilitation more widely in older people there are barriers to be overcome relating to patient limitations, staff issues and the logistics of the system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Health Services for the Aged*
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments / rehabilitation
  • Pilot Projects
  • Remote Consultation
  • Self Care
  • Software
  • Telemedicine*
  • Videoconferencing*
  • Visually Impaired Persons / rehabilitation
  • Workforce