LIMBS is committed to a holistic approach of patient care that engages local communities and enhances the quality of life of amputees and their families
Technology is just the Beginning.
In our efforts over the past decade to fit amputees with affordable LIMBS components, it became clear that while we can provide functional prosthetic components to the patient, learning to walk effectively is another matter. As a result, since LIMBS’ goal is to help restore mobility, we decided to design a complementary rehabilitative community-based program to help amputees LIMBS’ greatest strength has always been in its partnerships. The model of partnering with existing organizations touches every aspect of
LIMBS and allows for the expansion of LIMBS’ efforts of helping amputees around the world. This synergy is most evident in the partnership between LIMBS and international prosthetic clinics that work on the front lines and provide custom fittings for each patient by creating a socket on-site to fit the patient’s residual limb and then incorporating a LIMBS leg to the socket. However, LIMBS has realized that these partner clinics, while extremely proficient in fitting amputees, have limited experience in addressing the ongoing physical, psychological, and emotional healing required to get these amputees walking again and integrated into their communities and their families regain mobility and restore them fully to their communities and families.
The Power of Community.
The CBR program provides a comprehensive physical therapy program that helps amputees walk on their new leg and return to productivity as citizens. In addition to the physical rehabilitation component of this program, special attention is also paid to working with the amputees’ emotional responses to rehabilitation. Amputees experience not only unimaginable physical trauma but also crippling anxiety, depression and frustration. The LIMBS CBR program is designed to work with local communities to address these issues and provide a more holistic approach to services available to amputees.
LIMBS has partnered with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Hartford to develop a CBR manual, posters, and patient guides that are being implemented throughout the LIMBS network of partner clinics and community partners. In addition to these materials, LIMBS provides on-site training for clinics and community groups, including government, NGOs, service organizations, and churches and clinics that are implementing the CBR program. This training includes a certification process to ensure that amputees are receiving the best care possible.