Health Care

Tue, January 31, 2012
I am always concerned about the implications of major depression. I strongly believe that it would be better to evaluate it not only in terms of mental condition but also by paying attention to his consequences on our body in terms of general health . I always support the people with disabilities in my programs by offering them more "positive" ways of looking at things. If you feel depressed, you automatically have negative ways of talking to yourself. I help them to see that even if you are...
Mon, February 13, 2012
Over the last two years Iola has been working on increasing her preparation, attendance, and advocacy toward all her medical appointments, as well as completing all of her daily and weekly responsibilities within her residence. The team worked with Iola to develop a points system/token economy that would reward Iola each time she completed her medical and residential responsibilities. Over the last 24 months Iola has worked very hard, becoming more independent while also working toward a BIG...
Wed, February 22, 2012
I personally have implemented several “Orientation Outcomes” aimed at cognitive stimulation by asking simple questions such as the date of your birthday, your residence address, how big is your family, what are your parents’ name, etc. I do believe that even after receiving a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer's, it is still important stimulate the brain in order to slow down the decline of cognitive-brain activities . So, my advice? Please do something … Read a book, do puzzles, count, go through...
Tue, April 17, 2012
Person: “What do you do for a living?” Me: “I am an Occupational Therapist.” Person: “Oh … you help people get jobs?” or “That is basically a Physical Therapist right?” or “Can I get a massage?” This conversation plays out more frequently than I would prefer to admit. So, because April is Occupational Therapy Month, I am celebrating with a clarification of what OT is and what we do here at the Center for Specialty Therapy. I can think of no better way to explain OT than through the words of our...
Wed, August 05, 2009
For any of us, a visit to the doctor can cause anxiety. Our fear of pain, discomfort, or simply the unknown can sometimes overshadow our appreciation of medical care in helping us live the healthiest, happiest lives possible. For people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), who may have more difficulty understanding the importance of health care and the rationality of medical procedures, anxiety can create significant obstacles to physical well-being and overall quality of...
Thu, October 25, 2012
I've spent most of my time recently watching the Major League Baseball playoffs, after all I'm a big fan wouldn't want to miss any of the games, no matter which teams are playing. As for the debates, after reading messages sent to me on Facebook, reading newspapers, watching the 11 o'clock News, I was disappointed that there was no mention of issues affecting people with disabilities. And no mention of Latin America in a debate on foreign policy. Why? Sure on the subject of immigration, cold...
Wed, January 16, 2013
The importance of performance measurement in tough fiscal times can't be overstated, but I also don't think there's any more important policy area to which it applies than human services. Recently, I spoke at a conference for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) on the fiscal outlook for 2013. Joining me was Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Both of us predicted that Congress would ultimately...
Wed, January 18, 2012
YAI's West 187th Street Residence is very unique program. There are five individuals who live there, and 10 staff, including morning, evening, weekend, overnight direct service professionals, and our supervisor. News travels fast in the residential system, and it’s almost instantaneous at our residence. Summer was approaching, and I was joining one of our new morning staff on medical appointments. We were going with Michael* (name has been changed) to a follow-up appointment, and Michael was...
Mon, January 30, 2012
On a recent Friday I spent the day with Johnny G, one of the residents at our Foothill group home who is currently at a rehab facility. While accompanying Johnny to his daily occupational therapy appointment, one of the therapists approached me. She said, "Excuse me, we've all noticed how well you work with John over the last couple weeks, and of all the patients that have been here, the way all your staff work with him is by far the best." It was one of those times that puts our work in...
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