Our sister organization, Access Personal Care, serves individuals 18 and older who have Missouri Medicaid and a qualifying disability by allowing them to get paid help in their own home by the person of their choice. This Medicaid-funded program is facilitated through Access Personal Care and allows individuals who may otherwise need to be placed in a nursing home to remain independent and in the community!
Did you know that the cause for Parkinson’s disease is still unknown? Parkinson’s is a disease that is unique to everyone it affects. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease experience a progressive degenerative disorder that affects the ability of the Substantia Nigra (midbrain) to secrete dopamine. This is important because dopamine helps control muscle activity. In about half of Parkinson’s cases, user’s may also experience mild cognitive effects that can present as dementia, irritation, depression, and can even disrupt sleep.
Hospital Beds are a very useful piece of equipment that tremendously improves the quality of life of many individuals. While they hold the name “hospital” bed, they are not just for hospitals and nursing homes anymore. It is common for hospital beds to be in user-homes, assisting the user and potential caregivers alike.
One of the most commonly performed surgeries are joint replacement surgeries. There are more than 1 million joint replacement surgeries annually in America alone. Knee replacements are the most common, followed by hip. The goal of a joint replacement is to help the joint work better to improve walking and other movements while reducing pain. While joint replacement surgeries definitely improve mobility in the long term, the weeks/months following a procedure can be tedious and may present some unique problems. Following these procedures, certain bodily motions are restricted and difficult to achieve. Luckily, products have been created that are designed to make post-procedure life much easier.
Bathrooms can be a dangerous location for anyone, startling amounts of people are injured each year due to bathroom slips/falls. Unfortunately, this risk rises for aging population or persons with a disability. Studies show that up to 80% of in-home falls take place in the bathroom. Many of these falls take place in the shower, but a considerable amount of them take place when using the toilet. The low height placement of most toilet seats can make it difficult to maintain strength or balance while lowering to or raising from a toilet. Luckily there are a few toilet-area modifications that can be made in your home!