Last updated 2 days 11 hours ago
Many of our ventilator-dependent patients attend school. With a little extra planning and preparation, education at all levels is possible. With September right around the corner children are trading in their bathing suits and summer camp for backpacks and homework. For parents of children with special needs, back to school may mean reviewing or initiating their child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP).
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Last updated 5 days ago
Mike, RN, and JJ have a special bond that goes deeper than JJ’s care or mutual love for the outdoors.
In 2007, JJ fell from a roof while working as a carpenter and suffered a complete spinal cord injury. JJ’s C3-level injury left him paralyzed and dependent on mechanical ventilation and a diaphragmatic pacer.
They interact like old friends, and tease each other often.
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Last updated 11 days ago
We still don’t know what causes this devastating disease. That’s a problem—and it’s people who are battling ALS, like Pete Frates (age 29), who are changing that one ice cube at a time. Check out Pete’s website to learn more about his story and campaign to “Strike out ALS.”
I was nominated earlier this week, and proudly accepted the challenge. Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvT-jnG25jQ
(Stacey, Deb, and Vicki… we’re still waiting on you to complete the challenge!)
If you don’t know much about ALS, I hope the Ice Bucket Challenge encourages you to learn more or donate to the cause. Read More →
Last updated 15 days ago
Our mission at Independence Plus is to set the standard for healthcare at home. Our clinical managers, administrative team, nurses, and respiratory care practitioners are working together to find ways to better serve our patients and their families. Ventilator-dependent people have been successfully living at home for almost forty years, and advancements in nursing and technology continue to make it increasingly possible. Still, many others are not aware this is even possible, but we live it every day!
The real life photos and stories of our patients living everyday lives (at home!) give meaning to our work and mission to set the standard for healthcare at home. Our patients allow us to do the work we love—and they are our heroes.
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Last updated 24 days ago
Andy, along with other members of our Scheduling and Recruiting team, is getting to know our patients on a deeper level... in person and at home!
Andy: Making a Difference
“Xavier has the whole world in his hands,” Andy says with a smile.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I walked through the door,” Andy remembers.
What did Andy see when he walked into Xavier’s bedroom? “Boatloads of smiles,” Andy says with a smile almost as large as the one on Xavier’s face that day.
Marcheta: Discovering Closeness
Marcheta, Healthcare Recruiter, says visiting with our patients has given her a “closeness” with our patients and families.
Olivia: Sharing Stories
“Our patients surprise me every day,” says Olivia, Scheduling and Recruiting Manager. She continues to say that their disease processes and injuries do not stop them from being “full of life.”
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