Summer Research on In-Home Use by Henry Evans

Hello Stretch Community!

My name is V Nguyen. I am pursuing my doctorate in occupational therapy (OT) at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon. With the support of a great team, I am working on a 14-week capstone project that explores how Henry Evans, who has severe quadriplegia, can increase his independence at home using the Stretch RE1.

As part of my project, I’ve lived with Henry and his wife Jane at their home. I’ve already stayed with them for a two-week session, and my second session starts next week! During the first session, we explored activities of daily living (ADL), such as Henry feeding himself,

and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), such as Henry giving Jane a rose.

The first session exceeded everyone’s expectations! Henry enjoyed doing a variety of tasks for himself, and we found ways that robots like the Stretch RE1 could free up Jane’s time.

Many fabulous people have come together to support this effort.

I look forward to sharing more with you after my second session! Wish me luck!

Until next time,

V

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy

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