Isabelle Viellard Pelve

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Chicago, IL – Nov. 15, 2021 – Ignite Medical Resorts partners with DIH to bring robotic technology to supplement its already robust rehabilitation program.

DIH is proud to recognize Ignite Medical Resorts as a DIH Technology Vanguard and SNF Center of Excellence and the first SNF group in the nation to offer the Andago® robotic therapy to its guests.

”The Andago allows us to mobilize guests much earlier in their stay with us,” explained Mathew Thengil, MA, OTR/L, Ignite’s Chief Therapy Officer and Partner.

Typically, with lower functioning guests we would gather two to three therapists and bring the guest into the parallel bars in an attempt to get them into a standing position, but with the Andago and its full fall protection we are able to work with a similar guest with only one therapist. This is safer for the staff, the guest and of course increases efficiency. The Andago safely allows the guest to ambulate and even maneuver over and around obstacles.

IGNITE Medical Resort, Blue Springs, MO

The Andago has helped improve the speed in which my patients are able to progress from maximal assistance for ambulation to ambulating with walker and standby assistance.

It is a wonderful device to work on unsupported standing and early mobility for those who would have other required marked assistance or the help of 2-3 therapists.

It is great for those who are progressing to walking without a device as it has fall detection to decrease the patient’s fear.

IGNITE Medical Resort, Oklahoma City, OK

Andago is easy to use and setup does not take much time away from our therapy sessions.

Andago has been very helpful in correcting backward leaning and weight shifting to improve balance for functional mobility with our guests. After using Andago we have noticed our guests are able to walk further than they previously were able because they better recognize how to properly weight shift.

IGNITE Medical Resort, McHenry, IL

The Andago is really an incredible device. Since having one at Ignite, I believe the patients getting the most out of it are pretty mid-high level in ambulation and cognition. Two patients in particular really improved from use of the Andago, one a CVA and one had L side deficits who both benefited from the offloading feature.

OT success story: Notable success from Andago on Stroke patient with LLE hemipelgia. Trained patient on positioning maneuvers of standing and weight shifting in addition to encouraging upright positioning which positively impacted patient performance with STS and SPT transfer required for toilet transfer. Patient highly enjoyed Andago and utilized every other day during her stay. Patient stated,”it feels good to be standing and walking.”

About Ignite Medical Resorts

Ignite Medical Resorts couples advanced medical rehabilitation with the high-end hospitality of a 5-star luxury resort. Intense clinical programming and in-house rehabilitation deliver unmatched quality care, while private accommodations and boutique amenities like on-site spas, private chefs, and concierge services provide an unparalleled guest experience. For more information visit

Originally published on 27.1.2022

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