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Why Companies Should Embrace Neurodiversity in the Workplace

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Embracing neurodiversity in the workplace can bring about a multitude of unexpected benefits and surprising results. Neurodiversity speaks to the idea that individuals experience and interact with their environment differently than others. This can influence how they learn and process new ideas, how they perceive the world around them, and how they approach various problems. […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Family & Direct Support Caregivers

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Caring for others can exhaust both your time and energy. While it can be rewarding to make a difference in your client’s or family member’s lives, it can also be demanding on your schedule, mental stamina, and physical strength. At Direct Care Innovations, we want to encourage you to make some New Year’s Resolutions that […]

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John McFall: The First Astronaut with a Disability

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There isn’t much that an individual living with a disability can’t do, especially now that the first paralympic sprinter will be joining the European Space Agency (ESA) as the world’s first astronaut with a disability. John McFall, who is currently working as a doctor, was accepted as one of the 17 candidates, out of 22,500 […]

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More Support Needed for Family Caregivers

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In the fall of 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) revealed its first collaborative and strategic national plan for providing family caregivers with various supports and resources. The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers consists of several hundred action steps that can help relieve family caregivers of the extra burdens […]

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West Virginia to Use Federal Funds for Home Health Care Workers

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The West Virginia Department of Health, along with Governor Jim Justice, recently announced that the state’s Medicaid program will be using federal funds to increase wages and benefits for its home health care workers. Not only will the funds be used to address staffing shortages and retain current workers, but it will also help to […]

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How Adaptive Bikes Assist Individuals Living with Disabilities

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Not only is bicycling a great form of exercise, but it’s also a fun leisure activity individuals can enjoy on their own or with others. In recent years, adaptive bicycles have been developed so individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) can experience bike riding in a way that accommodates their needs. Direct Care Innovations […]

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Growing Challenges and Possible Solutions in Senior Care

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A growing elderly population combined with a shortage of home health aides will predictably pose quite a challenge for the future of senior care. Chronic illnesses are on the rise which will only exacerbate the problem further. In order to effectively care for our seniors, Direct Care Innovations agrees with many other healthcare agencies that […]

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How We Are Addressing Disability Data Justice

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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a major gap in the collection of data on behalf of individuals living with disabilities. To properly serve members of the disability community, it’s essential to have complete access to accurate data. This information is used to influence decisions made in regard to their health and well-being as well as […]

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Home Health Care & Its Growing Labor Shortage

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If you’re involved in the home health care industry — as a patient, family member, or provider — the growing labor shortage is probably no surprise to you. Many home health agencies are finding it more difficult to provide effective care to an increasing number of adults in need with fewer home health workers available. […]

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New Quality Measures for Home and Community-Based Services

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In July 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new quality measures for home- and community-based services (HCBS). The home health industry has been consistently regulated by high-quality standards, but the personal home care industry has typically not been governed by quality measures such as these. At Direct Care Innovations, we’d like […]

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