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Independence (Overview)

Independence = not having reliance on others. "The ability to carry out activities that support one’s own lifestyle and to control the care given by others." Per http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/independence


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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 = not having reliance on others. "The ability to carry out activities that support one’s own lifestyle and to control the care given by others." Per http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/independence


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What is the most difficult part of encouraging patients to try things to increase their independence?

What is the most difficult part of encouraging patients to try things to increase their independence?

Courage: Adaptation takes time and courage. Most of us like to remain in a safe and comfortable place. Doing new things pushes us out of our comfort zone. Some personalities like adventure. For most people stability and comfort are desires most sought after. Independence takes courage and freedom to adapt and change. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Independence?

Independence: Independence = not having reliance on others. "The ability to carry out activities that support one’s own lifestyle and to control the care given by others." Per http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/independence ...Read more

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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?

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

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Let your aunt drive if she feels confident to do so. I'm sure she only drives in her "on" periods as I do. Don't take away her independence. ?

Get advice : See the GP about this. There are specific legal guidelines around who should and shouldn't drive depending on the medical condition or the specific concern. Hard to know from what is said here whether your aunt is safe. Need more Information Difficult issue balancing independence and safety. ...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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Autonomy (Definition)

Self governing. Free will ...Read more