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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Assistance Animals (Overview)

Assistance animals are trained to provide support to those with physical or mental disabilities.


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Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Background Check: Usually, facilities (hospitals, nursing homes) run a background check on potential employees. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Assistance Animals (Overview)

Assistance animals are trained to provide support to those with physical or mental disabilities.


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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Unknown: As far as i know, there are no well-controlled research studies that have tried to answer this question. I'm not aware of any evidence showing that it either works or doesn't work. ...Read more

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Could a disabled person have any animal as a service animal, by law?

Could a disabled person have any animal as a service animal, by law?

No: Service animals are almost exclusively dogs (w exception of miniature horses). Emotional support animals are not restricted by species (dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, miniature pig, monkey, snake, hedgehog, rat, mouse, bird, etc.). ...Read more

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Why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

Why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

Pet therapy: Pet therapy has been well recieved in hospitals as well as nursing homes. In order to be labelled as a pet dog--the animal has to undergo certain testing. I am sure if one is opposed to having an animal in their room- the staff would welcome your concern. The friendly animal can bring a lot of happiness in the person visited. ...Read more

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Are staff supposed to share bathroom facilities at residential facilities?

Share facilities: This actually is purely a matter of the facility policy, which differs from place to place. Medically there is no reason why a facility can't be shared with proper hygience. It's usually just a matter of convenience and sometimes of psychological factors and personal preferences. ...Read more

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Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

I suspect not: You have to have id to be properly cared for. If you do not have the proper id - they will attempt to bill you or your insurance. ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Yes.: One of the hallmarks of schizophrenia is "anhedonia" or an inability to enjoy things. Animal assisted therapy has show promise in ameliorating this symptom. Hurrah for the animals! ...Read more

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Would you say assisted living communities are medicaid-friendly?

Would you say assisted living communities are medicaid-friendly?

Usually not very: Most assisted living is paid for out of pocket or long-term care insurance. Some states have programs where medicaid money can be used for personal care homes, but you would have to contact your local area agency on aging to see if this applies to you.. ...Read more

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Can there be more public mental hospitals/care facilities or private ones?

Can there be more public mental hospitals/care facilities or private ones?

I hope so.: They used to have state hospitals but they have gradually closed most of them and in their place, community mental health system. There are private psychiatric services in most general hospitals and other free standing ones as well. You can google them. ...Read more

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Are substance abuse treatment facilities allowed to release information to authorities?

Are substance abuse treatment facilities allowed to release information to authorities?

Yes: Yes - if they are subpoenaed and so ordered to release them by a judge. ...Read more

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Are personal health records services or products regulated by accredited organization or gov?

Are personal health records services or products regulated by accredited organization or gov?

Some laws govern: In recent years, the government has passed laws that set rules for protecting personal health information. I'm sure the laws apply to people and businesses that handle personal health information, regardless of whether or not a person or business is labeled a "personal health records service". ...Read more

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How to handle self-harm/suicidal urges AT HOME, without psychiatric help, hospitals, psych units, therapists or professionals. Self-help only please.

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How to handle self-harm/suicidal urges AT HOME, without psychiatric help, hospitals, psych units, therapists or professionals. Self-help only please.

Suicidal/Self-harm: The basic thing to remember is that these urges always are time-limited- as bad as they feel, they always go away, so your strategy, planned in advance is best, is to get with someone who cares about you, don't stay alone. Occupy yourself with activity, with a person, if possible, do something to burn off the feelings- aerobic exercise is powerful in reducing depression, do daily!! ...Read more

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I need a safe house for domestic violence victims?

I need a safe house for domestic violence victims?

See below: If you ask any doctor or hospital in your area, they can direct you to the local hotline. They can then help you find a safe house or contact law enforcement. Another option is the national domestic violence hotline (www.Thehotline.Org) at 1-800-799-safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are most mental health facilities and hospitals haunted?

Are most mental health facilities and hospitals haunted?

I hope not: Haunted health care facilities would pose a major problems for patients and chickens like me. I know these facilities often make for great horror movies, especially all the dark corridors. There's a lot of effort now to make hospitals more patient friendly, better lit with a warmer atmosphere. ...Read more

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Where do we find fire safety information for furniture and mattresses?

Where do we find fire safety information for furniture and mattresses?

On labeling: Most items treated for fire safety are labeled as such. You can also look up items on the internet for these concerns. ...Read more

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What services do nursing homes typically offer?

Basic Life Activity: The short answer is room and board. But not at all limited to that. They also provide assistance with toileting and bathing, social interaction with staff and other residents, assistance with taking medication, they should also offer physical, & occupational rehabilitation, and spiritual support. ...Read more

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Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Do hospitals look at an employee's medical record when hiring them? Are medical records confidential?

Medical records are: confidential. Without your permission they cannot look at your medical records. If an employer requires drug testing they need to let their employees know the policy as well. ...Read more

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What are the qualifications to get into assisted living residential care?

What are the qualifications to get into assisted living residential care?

Assisted living: One need not "qualify". However, most people going into assistive living need assistance with instrumental activities of daily living(iadls) like shopping, cooking, etc and may need help with adls(activities of dail living) like bathing dressing, eating, etc. ...Read more

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What all services does home-based healthcare assistance cover?

What all services does home-based healthcare assistance cover?

Very little, but...: The key to good health is to remove the fear, the anonymity, the loneliness, the isolation inherent in the settings one is in: most hospitals, most assisted living home, most nursing homes, most group homes, many doctor centers. The demise of the family unit and all the things inherent in that, are all on the rise. Home is where the heart is; we've lost our way. Can we find our metaphorical home? ...Read more

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Do betalains fight inflamation? Thank you for your assistance.

Do betalains fight inflamation? Thank you for your assistance.

Don't expect magic: This is the red stuff in beets and some other foods. Pretty much any chemical could perhaps impact the enormously complex inflammation / immune system in some way, and there's no shortage of petri-dish science showing a multiplicity of effects. Beets are yummy, but if you think eating them is going to miraculously impact your health for the better, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to survive amputation without medical assistance?

Is it possible to survive amputation without medical assistance?

Unlikely: Amputations are traumatic and disrupt the arteries, nerves, veins, and soft tissues. The question of survival without assistance is really dependent on the location of an amputation. A finger amputation is not the same as a thigh or calf amputation. It is unlikely for someone to survive a thigh or calf amputation without medical assistance. There is loss of blood, fluids and a risk of infection. ...Read more

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I have neurotoxicity, what do i do and how do i know if i need medical assistance?

I have neurotoxicity, what do i do and how do i know if i need medical assistance?

Neurotoxicity: What symptoms do you mean by neurotoxicity? Headaches, dizziness, numbness, tingling, weakness, difficulty swallowing or speaking? Best would be to further expand upon your symptoms and see a medical professional. ...Read more

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At what point should someone seek professional assistance for an out of control 6 year old child?

At what point should someone seek professional assistance for an out of control  6 year old child?

Now: As soon as you feel that you or the child is out of control, then it's time to seek help. Talk to your pediatrician to get an idea of if there's a medical issue (like adhd) or if it's more behavioral. ...Read more

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How to quit multani kamini bhushan. My life has been very difficult. Need assistance please , its been a year?

How to quit multani kamini bhushan. My life has been very difficult. Need assistance please , its been a year?

Please clarify: If I'm not mistaken, multani kamini bhushan is some kind of ayurvedic you-should-excuse-the-expression "medicine," right? Please repost with an explanation of WHY you want to know how to quit it, how that is related to a difficult life, & what's been a year? Your use of this formulation, or your difficult life? ...Read more

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If a nurse is present at an incident where someone is injured, do they always have a duty to provide assistance?

If a nurse is present at an incident where someone is injured, do they always have a duty to provide assistance?

Legally no, but: A medical license does not require you to provide care in a situation like you describe. However, morally, i find it repulsive that a medical professional would not help someone. Further, if as a medical person you give aid to the best of your ability and in good faith in that sort of situation, you are protected legally under good samaritan laws. So help your fellow man (woman, child, infant...). ...Read more

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Good day, it seems as if I cant lose weight, is there a possible safe medicine or tablet that I can use for assistance.

Good day, it seems as if I cant lose weight, is there a possible safe medicine or tablet that I can use for assistance.

There are a # of: weight loss medications. However, I recommend losing weight the healthy way. To lose weight insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Try for 8 hours of sleep/night. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol & junk carbohydrates. Get in a good mix of aerobic ...Read more

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I’m suffering from headache almost every week since 2012 I need your assistance, I went to GPs but they cannot find anything wrong with me ?

I’m suffering from headache almost every week since 2012 I need your assistance, I went to GPs but they cannot find anything wrong with me ?

Headaches : Various causes of headaches may have to be excluded. Is it tension headache, is it migraine, is it cluster headaches or headache secondary to something else. You may have to try see a neurologist ...Read more

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I am very unstable mentally, no longer able to live my life normally because of a traumatic event in my past. Who should I go to for assistance?

I am very unstable mentally, no longer able to live my life normally because of a traumatic event in my past. Who should I go to for assistance?

Begin w/psychiatrist: Working with the impact of such experiences on you may require some time, and it needs to be done gently. Often people benefit from combining psychotherapy with medications for strong anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, and depression symptoms. I suggest starting with a full evaluation with a psychiatrist, who can treat you & suggest skilled psychologists/other therapists to work with too. ...Read more

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I've been struggling with lax abuse for about a year now. Is it possible to ween myself off without medical assistance? How do I go about doing so?

I've been struggling with lax abuse for about a year now. Is it possible to ween myself off without medical assistance? How do I go about doing so?

Laxative abuse: 20 F: I've been struggling with lax abuse for about a year now. Is it possible to ween myself off without medical assistance? How do I go about doing so? ANS: This can be deadly esp if blood potassium has been low. I would consult with your health care team. First you will find the cause of the need for the laxative and then you can be best treated. ...Read more

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Hello.I am 20 years old male. I am lazy. Please give me some tips to be an active and healthy individual. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Hello.I am 20 years old male. I am lazy. Please give me some tips to be an active and healthy individual. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Motivation + Purpose: It is not unusual for a young person such as yourself not to have figured out what one wishes to pursue in life. Lack of goal and passion for something often translates into doing little to nothing ie: being lazy. Remedy: Get involved in an activity you like that helps others and gives you a feeling of accomplishment; think of someone you admire and pursue a course that could help you be similar. ...Read more

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On june 21 i took meds for a condition i found out later i didnt have and now i need assistance to walk. But i as of now dont have a diagnosis. Docts ?

On june 21 i took meds for a condition i found out later i didnt have and now i need assistance to walk. But i as of now dont have a diagnosis. Docts ?

Resubmit: your question stating what you were diagnosis was and what medication you were taking. What testing was performed. Cannot comment without this information. ...Read more

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A dr mentioned bunavail and said it had great pt assistance. .......what does that mean?

A dr mentioned bunavail and said it had great pt assistance. .......what does that mean?

Bunavail: has a program where patients with commercial insurance have a limited copay and cash pay patients receive a significant discount. Each provider may have 2 patients who may receive their medication free for ? 6 months if they qualify based on income. Suboxone has a program called here to help that each provider may have 3 qualified patients receive medication for 12 months. check with your MD ...Read more

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Ca i get dental assistance if i am on keycare plus plan?

Ca i get dental assistance if i am on keycare plus plan?

Sorry: No familiarity with insurance coverage in your country. You should have a phone number to call for coverage information. If not, ask a Dentist in your area, o4 ask Social Services. ...Read more

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Please Doctors my hbsag is reactive. Any help or assistance pls?

Be strong: Your physician will advise you whether and how to manage this. Many people carry this through their lifetimes without ever getting seriously sick from it. Keep it in perspective. With most people immunized today, you are unlikely to infect those you love. You are still essentially healthy and can have a great life. ...Read more

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Can dry heels heal by themselves or do you need medical assistance?

Can dry heels heal by themselves or do you need medical assistance?

Moisturize them: Don't wait for them to start cracking open. If they do they will be painful and can be a portal of entry for bacteria or fungus. Try applying something like a thin layer of vaseline or other mositurizer. If this fails then see your podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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