"How does a facility implement S3 Balance®?"
"How does a facility recruit participants for S3 Balance® classes?"
At meal time, an administrator asks residents to participate in a "fun new balance class designed to reduce falls and improve balance". The announcement should include the number of people needed, days/times of classes and call for instructors. The more enthusiastic the announcement, the more participants!
Before and after an existing exercise class, the instructor encourages people to participate in a "fun new balance class designed to reduce falls and improve balance." To boost attendance, we recommend that the S3 Balance® class take place immediately after the existing class.
If your facility uses PTs/OTs, they should recruit current patients to participate as a supplement to their current treatment programs.
New and prospective residents should be encouraged to participate.
Ten minutes before the S3 Balance® class, make an announcement over the PA system.
"Does research support S3 Balance®?"
Yes. Extensive balance studies show that consistent performance of standing balance exercises (such as S3 Balance® Movements) can dramatically improve balance, strength, independence, walking speed and mood while reducing disability, pain, risk of falling, early mortality, depression and chronic disease. However, studies also indicate that benefits dissolve when people stop exercising. We have also conducted trials at several facilities that measured improvements in balance/fall risk that we would be happy to share.
"To what extent will S3 Balance® ensure success of implementation?"
Our past customers agree that S3 Balance® is committed to customer satisfaction. With purchase or lease, your facility will have an S3 Balance® account manager who will guide you through set up and implementation.
"Our floors are uneven. What if S3 Balance® rocks on the floor?"
The feet are designed to self adjust for slightly uneven floors. However, if the surface is very uneven, the device will wobble a little while in use. This does not detract from its function. In fact, if the device wobbles a little while in use, the exercises then become more difficult due to greater demand on somatosensory & musculoskeletal systems. In other words, the exercises would still be biomechanically "closed-chain" but have an "open-chain" component.
"What is the weight capacity of an S3 Balance® device?"
The device has an engineer's seal that shows a working capacity of over 1,000 pounds.
"How does S3 Balance® compare to other balance programs?"
- SAFETY. Maintaining participants' hands in the "safe" position during Movements gives peace of mind during standing exercise.
- ACCOMMODATION. S3 is effective for a wide range of abilities to facilitate dynamic standing exercise.
- COST. S3 is priced on the low end of its class but has more applications than other balance tools.
- SUPPORT. S3's stretching pegs and curved handlebars facilitate safety with exercise and transfers.
- REDUCED STAFF STRAIN. S3 has a 600-pound working capacity, so staff should let S3 do the heavy lifting.
- MOVEMENT EFFICIENCY. S3 Movements apply biomechanics to efficiently train balance systems in standing.
- VERSATILITY. S3 can be used for standing exercise, transfers and upper body exercise as a portable unit.
- MARKETABILITY. S3 should be actively marketed to family members, prospective customers and physicians to boost credibility.
"Who can instruct people on the S3 Balance® device?"
Anyone with a passion in improving health and willing to apply the information in the S3 Balance® 20-minute tutorial, Instructor's Manual and Movement Library could be an effective instructor.
Group classes can be done by a staff member or better yet, another resident as research shows that people tend to learn best from peers. Another option is for the exercise group to follow one of the S3 Balance® sample videos on our website's Partners page.
"Who are ideal users of S3 Balance®?"
Anyone who can stand should use S3. Take a look at our Impact page, which shows S3 helping those with impaired strength, balance and overall fitness (e.g., post-stroke, joint replacement, history of falls). Those with dementia are also ideal candidates, as S3 provides a safe environment that reduces anxiety with standing exercise.
"Does S3 Balance® have a warranty and is maintenance required?"
Warranty is 5 years parts and labor under normal usage. For maintenance, tighten all screws/bolts once per month and wipe down as needed.
"What are the dimensions of an S3 Balance® device, what does it weigh and how does it store when not in use?"
S3 is 41" wide, 33.4" deep and 40" tall, resulting in a 7.2 ft2 footprint. Devices stack like shopping carts for storage, in which each additional device adds 11-12" to the depth (i.e., 5 devices stacked together are 6 feet, 8" deep). Each device weighs 57 pounds and can be tilted onto its wheels with 20 pounds of force.
"Can other products be used with S3 Balance®?"
Yes. Wobble boards, half-domes and other products can increase the difficulty of S3 Balance® Movements. However, mastery of S3 Balance® Movements is recommended first.
"Can S3 Balance® be used at home?"
Yes. To ensure safety and efficiency, the Movement Library and S3 Instructor Manual (free with purchase) should be reviewed before use.
"Are there height limitations for participants who use S3 Balance®?"
S3's inclined handlebars can accommodate people between 4 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet, 8 inches tall. However, people outside this range have successfully used the device.
"Can S3 Balance® be used as a walker?"
No - it is designed to be used only as a stationary exercise/transfer device. The opposite also applies: a walker should never be used as an exercise/transfer device for liability/safety reasons.
"Is S3 Balance® difficult to assemble?"
No. The S3 device is shipped in 5 pieces: base, upright, 2 handlebars, front handlebar and 12 screws. Using an electric screwdriver with hexagonal head, it typically takes 1 person about 5 minutes to assemble or disassemble 1 device.
S3 Balance® Assembly Tips and Tricks
If you have difficulty with assembly, try loosely inserting one screw in the lowest section of each pair of screw holes and working your way up. Finish by firmly tightening screws.
Applying a hard wax, such as a paste wax, to your screw threads makes them much easier to turn when screwing them in.
Tighten all screws/bolts (including both wheels, all 4 feet) once per month.
"Does research support S3 Balance®?"