Outcome of a Telerehabilitation Program for a Home-bound Geriatric Patient with Post Covid-19 Syndrome in Indonesia: A Case Report and Literature Review


  • Peggy Sunarjo Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital
  • Rigina Nilandrani Hermina Kemayoran Hospital
  • Ferius Soewito Flexfree Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Center
  • Siti Chandra Widjanantie Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Persahabatan General Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Carl Froilan D. Leochico • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines Manila • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City and Global City, Philippines


functional status, geriatrics, telerehabilitation, COVID-19, quality of life


Objectives: This study aimed to share a local experience in imple-menting a telerehabilitation program for a geriatric patient with post-COVID-19 syndrome following the third-wave pandemic and to describe the clinical outcomes.

Study design: A case report and literature review.

Setting: Hermina Kemayoran General Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Subjects: An unvaccinated 80-year-old male patient diagnosed with post-COVID-19 syndrome from the Delta strain presented with desaturation.

Methods: The patient underwent an individualized telerehabilitation program for 4 weeks via video call.

Results: His pulmonary symptoms, functional capacity, functional independence, and quality of life improved following the tele-rehabilitation program. The investigators found the challenges to initiating telerehabilitation in Indonesia include inequality of access to the internet, portable medical and health-monitoring home devices, reliable telecommunication devices, home exercise equipment, and competent caregivers. Fortunately, the patient and his family presented in this case report were able to overcome these challenges.

Conclusions: Telerehabilitation is an option for patients who have difficulty visiting a hospital to access rehabilitation services. It is necessary to improve various aspects of health among patients infected with COVID-19.


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