Significant BalanceWear® Vest Study Findings
During the BalanceWear Vest study conducted at our communities, study participants’ average age was 87.5 years old. This group tested the weighted version of the vest while another group, a “control” group, received dummy weights.
• After just five days in the first study began, half of the participants received actual weights while the other half did not. Researchers noted an improvement in resident balance assessments of 1.25 points. That was just wearing the BalanceWear vest for two hours, twice a day.
• After five days, all of the participants began the weighted BalanceWear vest. The study demonstrated even better results from wearing BalanceWear four hours per day or longer.
• There were many significant findings including improvement in Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) tests which measure walking speed, sit-to-stand ability, standing with feet together and/or placing one foot in front of another (heel toe) for 10 seconds, reaching cut-off scores for reduction in fall risk. Note: Increasing one point in the SPPB test means that a subject made improvements above and beyond what is considered a meaningful change. SPPB tests are valid clinical measures well-known in the rehabilitation and geriatric medicine fields.
• A second six-month study determined the difference in subjects who did not wear BalanceWear and those who did for six months. The results with 23 subjects, 11 controls and 12 who wore BalanceWear determined that use of the BalanceWear significantly improved the SPPB; 2 points in those wearing BalanceWear compared to .37 points in those in the control group.