SAINT-LAURENT, QC, March 8, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Two Groupe Maurice residential complexes for retirees, Ambiance in Nun's Island and Boréa in Blainville, are the first private residences for the elderly in Quebec equipped with a new, cutting-edge and fun exercise machine called KINE-SIM.
Aging actively and in good health
Developed by the Granby-based company KINESIQ, the machine allows the elderly to work on balance, rehabilitation, reflexes and muscle tone through the use of simulated movements in an appealing and exciting environment. The goal of the equipment is to help residents maintain their autonomy and avoid falls.
"At Le Groupe Maurice, health and well-being are directly linked to prevention and proactive strategies. We offer an environment teeming with experiences that promote active, engaged and dynamic aging," said France Morissette, Assistant Vice President, Healthcare at Le Groupe Maurice. "The KINESIQ device will allow retirees to discover new ways of working their muscles and reflexes in order to reduce the risk of falling or sustaining injuries, in a stimulating and enjoyable environment. What a great way to remain active and adopt healthy lifestyle habits!"
The KINE-SIM device is already employed in a medical context, such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Always on the lookout for innovative solutions that can have a positive impact on its clients, Le Groupe Maurice immediately saw great potential in this invention and developed a pilot project with KINESIQ.
"We're especially happy to be able to provide our residents with an innovative exercise machine that allows for a personalized follow-up for each individual user. This aligns perfectly with our desire to continuously enhance our standards when it comes to equipment and services. And we don't hesitate to suggest new methods to help achieve those results. This desire to be innovative is part of our basic DNA!" explained Luc Maurice, President of Le Groupe Maurice.
A pilot project at Ambiance and Boréa
KINE-SIM is already installed and functional in the Ambiance and Boréa residences. There will be a physiotherapist on site for half a day a week to monitor residents. The physiotherapist will help seniors create their profiles in the device based on their individual situations and needs, and show them how to correctly use the machine.
The pilot project is expected to last between three and six months. If the results are positive, Le Groupe Maurice will introduce the equipment into all its residences.
Improving balance and reflexes
This exercise machine improves balance and motor skills and is made up of two motion platforms that move in sync with customizable multimedia content that appears on a screen. Simple and safe to use, it stimulates both the body and the mind through the use of personalized content.
"The equipment is truly extraordinary because it allows residents to exercise while seeing on their screen an environment that matches the exercise they're currently doing, such as a Venetian gondola ride, a mountain trail, a flight of stairs, etc. It's very realistic and therefore a lot more interesting and stimulating!" explained Marianne Ruest, Recreation Advisor at Le Groupe Maurice.
A promising partnership
The agreement was finalized several months after the official launch of the KINE-SIM device. It's a major turning point for KINESIQ, which was founded just two years ago and has developed a unique and cutting-edge technology.
"We are tremendously proud to announce our first launch with Le Groupe Maurice, a major group of residences for the elderly in Quebec with 30 residential complexes. This agreement demonstrates how attractive the KINESIQ product offer is for this market where more and more residents are encouraged to be functionally autonomous and stay in shape. That perfectly describes our mission!" said Lukas Dufault, President of KINESIQ INC.
About Le Groupe Maurice
Since 1998, Le Groupe Maurice has contributed to improving the life of retirees throughout Quebec by developing, managing and designing new residential solutions that promote a life of freedom and happiness for today's elderly, and for future generations as well. Luc Maurice and his team have a philosophy: Provide retirees with an ambiance characterized by freedom and creativity, and a luxurious quality of life. This way, the person remains the focal point of their actions as they foster the personal growth of their residents. To do so, the company continues to make strides in development, innovation and excellence. For more information, visit legroupemaurice.com.
About KINESIQ INC.
KINESIQ designs, assembles and markets medical equipment integrating technologies from the simulation world intended for the physical and neurological rehabilitation market and the maintenance of functional autonomy. The main product allows the rehabilitation of the lower body due to injury, improves balance and reflexes. It is also designed to be integrated in falls prevention programs for the elderly but can be adapted to most types of patients, from the beginning of fragility to the end of life as well as those suffering from degenerative diseases.
For more information, visit kinesiq.com.
SOURCE Le Groupe Maurice