187- Five ways to prevent nursing home falls

From The Nursing Home Abuse Podcast: For Complete Post, click here…

Whether due to advanced age, medication, or chronic illness, residents of nursing homes have a greater tendency to fall than the greater population.

This does not mean that falls are a foregone conclusion.

In this episode, we discuss five ways to prevent nursing home falls.

The Mighty’s Digital Toolkit for Caregivers

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The Mighty’s educational content aims to support you and your loved ones through your health journeys. For this caregiver toolkit, The Mighty talked with long-term caregivers, patients and health professionals. We also surveyed more than 150 caregivers to learn more about their experience. Please consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medication or treatment.Sponsored By 

Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful and challenging at times — and that’s OK! That’s why we’ve created this toolkit, so you can learn more about the ins and outs of caregiving and discover helpful resources you can utilize along your caregiving journey. Take what you need, and share it with others too. 

Here’s what’s included in The Mighty’s Digital Toolkit for Caregivers:

  • A caregiving binder, complete with worksheets to help you better organize important information for the person you care for such as allergies, medical history, provider information and more. 
  • A respite care questionnaire that helps you find the perfect respite worker for your specific needs, plus resources for respite workers to use while you’re away. 
  • A self-care mini guide to help you destress and prioritize your mental health.

P.S. Everything included in this toolkit is downloadable, printable and shareable!

Accessible Technology on Smartphones & Tablets for users that are Blind and Low Vision Webinar

From Great Lakes ADA Center: For Complete Post, click here…

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


Join us for the first of two sessions highlighting accessible technology on smartphones and tablets for persons with disabilities. In this session our speakers will highlight mobile apps used by persons who are blind or have low vision. The session will include apps used for way finding, social media and more. The session will also explore built-in accessibility features of iOS and Android operating platforms. There will be time following the presentation for questions.

Grossly Underwhelming’: Biden Pressed to Step Up Opioid Response

By Scott Bixby: For Complete Post, click here…

“We just don’t have leadership,” Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman turned advocate for addiction treatment, said.

At the outset of the coronavirus lockdowns last year, public health experts warned that social isolation, lack of access to treatment and the increasing lethality of the nation’s street drugs could lead to a massive surge in overdose deaths—a potential epidemic within an epidemic.

Nevertheless, 100,000 people have died in a single 12-month period, according to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of 28.5 percent from the previous year, leading health-care providers, treatment advocates, and addiction experts to question whether the crisis is being taken seriously enough on the federal level.

Introducing Amazon Fire TV 43″ Omni Series 4K UHD smart TV, hands-free with Alexa

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  • Brilliant 4K entertainment – Bring movies and shows to life with support for vivid 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Plus, and control the TV hands-free with Alexa.
  • Scenes that leap off the screen – 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, and HLG deliver a clearer and more vibrant picture with brighter colors compared to 1080p Full HD.
  • Hands-free TV with Alexa – With built-in microphones, just ask to turn on the TV, and find, launch, and control content, so you can put down the remote.
  • Watch what you want – Stream over 1 million movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites with subscriptions to Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and more.
  • All your entertainment in one place – Watch live and free TV, play video games, and stream music.
  • Smart and always getting smarter – Fire TV adds new Alexa skills, features, smart home capabilities, and voice functionality all the time.
  • Connect all your devices – Use the 3 HDMI inputs to connect to cable or satellite and video game consoles. The HDMI eARC lets you add audio equipment for enhanced sound.
  • Designed to protect your privacy – Built with privacy protections and controls, including a switch that electronically disconnects the microphones.

Accessibility is in the details

By Erick Lopez: For Complete Post, click here…

An example of an innovative custom build designed impeccably for residents living with disability, this abode by Shelford Quality Homes provides maximum accessibility for wheelchairs.

“We were so excited to take on this project and work with our clients in creating a family home that accommodates their changing needs,” Shelford Homes Architectural Designer Rui Rosa said.

“The main features built in this wheelchair-accessible home are unique.

”We’ve done intensive research to ensure the house is liveable for every person at any stage of their life, regardless of changing health conditions.”

Welcome to DeafBlind Minetest Gaming!

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Accessibly and Inclusive Minded Community. Immersive, Interactive and Reliable Gaming.

Minetest Gaming Moved to Powerful Dedicated Rental Successfully!! Mods Been Updated and Added to boot!

Well it took some networking troubleshooting but it gotten successfully moved over to our quite powerful dedicated server rental!!  Additionally the mobs’ mods been updated and farming nextgen as well as inotify been added for a bit extra enjoyment… Read more

Posted on October 29, 2021 by DBGamer

Initiating Medicaid Coverage In Prison 30-Days Prior To Reentry

By Jacqueline Lantsman: For Complete Post, click here…

Individuals at every stage of the criminal legal system are historically estranged from health care systems. This is reflected in disproportionate rates of chronic illness among individuals entering facilities, exacerbated illness during incarceration, the 80 percent of released individuals without health insurance, and the 129-point increase in relative odds of fatal overdose upon reentry given disconnection from community-based care. Improved connection to health care upon release can break the cycle of incarceration and stabilize the lives of individuals returning to open community.

By creating a standardized process of enrolling reentering individuals in Medicaid prior to return to society, policy makers can also facilitate further decarceration, by way of compassionate and geriatric release. In 11 states, eligibility for compassionate release relies on individuals meeting financial requirements. In Alabama, Tennessee, Montana, and Wyoming, correctional systems require proof that individuals can finance their medical care post-release. The state of Alabama required that incarcerated persons be Medicaid or Medicare eligible upon release.

The art of disability culture: Dispelling myths, dissolving barriers, and disrupting prejudice

BY TERRY BAUM: For Complete Post, click here…

The title of the current exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center speaks of “disrupting prejudices,” and I’ll tell you my prejudices were not just disrupted but blown to pieces right away when I saw the portraits above painted by Bill Bruckner. I mean, I expected to be moved, to feel good that I had gone out of my way to support people less fortunate than me. I did not expect to see ART with a capital “A.” I mean just plain old interesting beautiful art. I did not expect the quality of the work.

And then this statement from Bruckner’s website really fried my brain circuits:

  • “As a person with a lifelong visible disability, I have been acutely aware of the patronizing, objectifying ways in which we are often depicted in the arts. Over the past 25 years, I have been creating a series of portraits of my friends who have disabilities. Because I believe that our lives are neither pitiable nor inspiring, my intent has been to convey images of our ordinary dignity, humanity, and self-respect. I hope you will feel that the people in these portraits are gazing at you with as much curiosity and interest as you may have about them.”

“Neither pitiable nor inspiring….” Damn! Bruckner’s making me face that even being inspired by people with disabilities is a way of seeing them as “other.” He refuses to be used as an inspiration! I don’t know if I can handle that, even though I can see that it is a kind of use.

When we entered the gallery, the first thing we encountered was not Bruckner’s work but this:

Treatments for Focal Seizures

By Nyaka Mwanza: For Complete Post, click here…

Key Take Aways:

  • Focal seizures begin in one hemisphere (side) of the brain.
  • Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the first line of treatment for focal seizures.
  • Second-line treatments for focal seizures include surgery, devices, and dietary therapy.
  • Many options for treating focal seizures exist, but no single treatment is effective at controlling focal seizures in every person.