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Independence (Overview)

Independence is the normal condition as a child matures into an adult, leading to an independent adult capable of taking care of his own life. Severe illnesses, major injuries, and mental disorders can all cause a person to lose his independence and have to rely on the help of others.


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Give 4 examples of daily living activities which aim to maintain independence?

Give 4 examples of daily living activities which aim to maintain independence?

Several 4's!: Choose: walking, including uphill. Climbing stairs, if able. Riding an indoor exercise bike, schwinn-airdyne, preferred. Swimming or aquaaerobics. Dancing. Using 3 lb hand weight to lift while watching tv or listening to news. None are hard core sporting activities, but they will help maintain independence! ...Read more

Independence (Overview)

Independence is the normal condition as a child matures into an adult, leading to an independent adult capable of taking care of his own life. Severe illnesses, major injuries, and mental disorders can all cause a person to lose his independence and have to rely on the help of others.


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If pregnant is a child granted independence as emancipated minor?

If pregnant is a child granted independence as emancipated minor?

Depends on the state: In many states, a pregnant minor can seek out self directed healthcare and make related decisions.However, this is not the same as a judicial procedure that severs ties/responsibilities of that minor's parents for other matters. ...Read more

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How does independence affect someone's mental and emotional health?

How does independence affect someone's mental and emotional health?

Independence: This leads to self reliance which boosts confidence & esteem, motivation, & social coping skills. ...Read more

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What would help maintain independence of a client suffering dementia?

What would help maintain independence of a client suffering dementia?

Assessing needs: You first need to have a comprehensive neuropsychiatric evaluation of this person's dementia, ability to make decisions, do daily activities, etc. An occupational therapist can help with the "adl" evaluation. With a clear understanding of the client's strengths and weaknesses, sensible choices can be made about level of support needed (and independence possible) for him or her ...Read more

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Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Exactly how common is vp shunt independence? Will young people eventually outgrow the need for one as they grow older?

Shunt indepedence: A common asked question but a commonly unknown answer. Very few patients with shunts truly become independent, in my own experience it is probably only about 5%. There is a surgery, known as a iiird ventriculostomy where a hole can be made at the base of the brain to bypass the fluid obstruction - if successful the shunt can be removed but not all patients fulfill the criteria for this operation. ...Read more

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How common is shunt independence (for vp shunts) how does it happen? Examples of such cases? What's the chance for hydro acquired after tumor removal?

Rarely useful: Theoretically, shunt independence can happen, and I have seen a few patients who may no longer need their shunt. Practically, it is rarely worth thinking about. There is no foolproof way to know if a shunt is still flowing or not. Even if the shunt is draining one drop per day, removing it would lead to return of hydrocephalus, so it's rarely worth trying, and usually best to leave it alone. ...Read more

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How do you maintain your independence with low vision?

How do you maintain your independence with low vision?

Adjustments: Adjusting ones life to accommodate low-vision requires behavioral changes, optical and non-optical adaptive aids. A video-magnifier will help you spot read even down to the profound low-vision range. Large print or talking books (and the kindle) will help you with reading to learn. Driving may not be possible but inquire about paratransit scrip. A low-vision rehabilitation specialist may help you. ...Read more

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How can you maintain your independence with macular degeneration?

How can you maintain your independence with macular degeneration?

Low vision rehab: There are some eye doctors who specialize in low vision training. This is a service which can help people with limited visual function live more fulfilling and independent lives with the use of devices and training. Ask your eye doctor to refer you to a low vision specialist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to maintain your independence with macular degeneration?

Is it possible to maintain your independence with macular degeneration?

Depends: Fortunately, the majority of people with macular degeneration will only have mild to moderate visual impairment. Only about 10% will have severe vision loss. Depending on the degree of impairment, certain optometrists who specialize in "low vision" or vision rehabilitation can help you adapt, allowing you to maintain independence for a wide range of activities. Your ophthalmologist can refer you. ...Read more

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Autonomy (Definition)

Self governing. Free will ...Read more