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A suggestion on the games, try the Carnival Games some of these may work --- Also the wii play --- maybe you can rent these & see how they work.

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I believe the wii sports [baseball and tennis ] don't need you to hold that button... have them play that first and once they get the point of it slowly and patiently teach them how to hold the button, we have to understand that the wii is extremly new to them!... you can always buy Mario Kart which is simple & fun!

 

 

good luck and keep us updated on how things work out!

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I understand your concern about the Wii controller. We too have the same issues, and no matter if the resident is one of our "higher functioning" remembering to press and release the button and move your arm forward is almost like too many steps. Plus, if we are looking for a therapeutic exercise, I think our residents get more from other exercise groups, rather than the shoulder flexion from bowling two times and then watching the next players go. Baseball, tennis, well....virtually impossible for ME to do those to games, and I am a healthy 30 something. I just feel that, although the concept is wonderful and more benefitial for rehab patients, I think that some of the Wii games cause more frustration for the players, because they "just can't do it" and there isn't any type of instant success. Personally, I find it addicting....but again, more for rehab candidates working on standing balance, ROM, etc. I have taken some suggestions of other games from the posts, and see if we couldn't rent or try these. I also think that now that Wii Fit is out, that TOO would be good for rehab.

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We have recently purchased a Nintendo Wii game console after my administrator said we had to get one -- no if's ands or but's! We tried it for the first time yesterday and it did not go well because the residents had a very difficult time trying to operate the remote control. It requires holding onto a switch with your fore finger on the back of the remote then letting go of the switch at just the right moment. This was really hard for them to do and many of them got very discouraged. I've read many news articles about how much seniors in nursing homes love this game, but I am now questioning whether or not this is the right game for my residents. Has anyone had any experience with a Nintendo Wii in their facility?

I have had the same problem, my Residnts don't have the coordination to use the control

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We love the wii and we play at least 4 times a week. But I know what you mean by the controller. I have one resident who has polio and cannot work her fingers. She uses two hands to work the controller. One hand holds the top and she rests the bottom of the controller on her thumb- right where the B button is. She pushes the remote off of her hand which makes the bowling movement and releases it at the same time. It works for her. I am sure in a year or so, Nintendo will make adaptive devices to fit the games for our groups!

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Great discussion for sure! We are hearing more and more about the Wii going into retirement communities - more so from people who have never worked in one. I have a presentation coming up that will be more specific to getting seniors online, but I have enjoyed the comments about the wii experiences.

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I used the Wii three weeks ago and it was very well recieved. The residents were excited and played enthusiastically. It gave them a chance to vent as well as have fun. They really enjoyed the boxing and fishing. Certain games only require the movement of the hand. Others a push of a button and movement of the hand and arm. It comes with several sports games.

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Does anyone use the Nintendo Wii system in their facility. My nephews got one for the end of the school year and it looks really cool.

 

"A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. Another is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode."

 

You can actually bowl with the hand held pointing device. I wonder if anyone has gotten on yet for their residents?? I think this would be great for facilities with a young population and men.

 

Karen

We did get one at our facility and it was to be used for therapy and activities BUT when it came therapy would not let us use d/t the head of therapy saying that it is d/t some "safety issues"?? This has not been to long ago and we have a few interim administrators and I have not wanted to bother them with this petty issue but hope to resolve this issue soon!

Amy

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wii- I have had a wii for the last 6 months in my alf

the residents here love it!

and their exercising and don't know it! I have even a

very memory impaired resident that plays and does great! you just have to remind her every time she's up what button to push... We are now making t-shirts and caps to form teams which we will play as an olympic game during the summer olympics here at the Springs.

Get one I know it's hard

call Nitendo directly and tell them what you want it for that could help!!

P.s. Personally I love the golf,but it has not inproved my game!!! satkins-AD

@ the Springs of Lady Lake

Lady Lake FL.

e-mail_ satkins@techcarecorp.com

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Hi All,

 

Not to be a party pooper but we have it any my people are not so interested. Maybe they are set in their ways of actually playing sports in the past, so having a hard time getting used to the technology...One gentleman really likes the bowling. But others made some comments like "It's not the real thing".

 

I'm going to keep trying and hopefully with practice they will warm up to it..Many have tried but they are sort of lukewarm on it so far (we've had it about a month).

 

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Most of my residents just don't "get" it. The whole concept is to difficult for them to understand, we try every week though, it usually ends up them watching the staff play. They do get a kick out of it though, I'm hoping to try and get therapies to use it with our residents that only do therapies.

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where did yall find your wii game at? I have looked all over for one and no one seems to have any and they dont know when they will get any? Totally in desperate need of a wii game!

 

We got ours off of the internet. I just googled wii sale and picked out a couple of websites. Shipping was fast, brand-new, not refurb, sealed boxes, etc. I HATE to go looking for something like this. I get everything I can off of the internet.

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We got one about 2 months ago, totally by luck, I was shopping at Target and the clerk was putting one out. I grabbed it immediatly! To date, it is a very popuar activitiy and we have started getting reimbursed through therapy programming. I still get crdit for both by using it with non therapy residents as well.

 

It has proven such a winner that we are running a pilot with many other facilities for the ROM and task segmentation portion.

 

 

 

 

Does anyone use the Nintendo Wii system in their facility. My nephews got one for the end of the school year and it looks really cool.

 

"A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. Another is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode."

 

You can actually bowl with the hand held pointing device. I wonder if anyone has gotten on yet for their residents?? I think this would be great for facilities with a young population and men.

 

Karen

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:D Hi we currently got a Wii as well. Our residents are still getting the hang of it. I think its a great thing to have around especially now that they can play with grandkids and great grandkids. I am sure the children can show them a thing or two more than i can. As i am a beginner to :) . We have ours on a mobile cart so they can take it any where in the home.

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Does anyone use the Nintendo Wii system in their facility. My nephews got one for the end of the school year and it looks really cool.

 

"A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. Another is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode."

 

You can actually bowl with the hand held pointing device. I wonder if anyone has gotten on yet for their residents?? I think this would be great for facilities with a young population and men.

 

Karen

Be careful..My friend works for a hand surgeon. His business is way up because of the wii,,lol. He is not complaining. People who do not know the correct stances or physical dicipline that goes along with these sports(people who have trained for years like tennis pros) end up with hand injuries. Not good for Alz/dem. Attention span is not there. Although I wish I could afford one for myself..but I would prolly end up in the Dr.'s office myself afterwards. Jerusha

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Does anyone use the Nintendo Wii system in their facility. My nephews got one for the end of the school year and it looks really cool.

 

"A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. Another is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode."

 

You can actually bowl with the hand held pointing device. I wonder if anyone has gotten on yet for their residents?? I think this would be great for facilities with a young population and men.

 

Karen

We recently got one online thru target.com. It cost $450 but came with 3 games and an extra controller. I have had a hard time finding one in stores, been looking since november. All that work and cost to get one, and my residents are shy of using it. I think its the whole "technology" thing; they say they would rather watch us (staff) play than do it themselves. My residents are in the skilled nursing unit, and some have had muscle, nerve, or bone damage, some are hard of hearing, some are just plain OLD. Most of them range in age from 85-101. But we keep trying to get them involved and excited about it. It really is great for their range of motion, my problem is getting them to DO it. -Shana

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We finally have all of ours in place. They have been well-received by our residents. We have actually had more success with our LOWER FUNCTIONING residents than with our higher functioning residents. How bout that!!

 

Ive been so excited to see some of our inactive residents come out and play the Wii. Well-worth the purchase. :P

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