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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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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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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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Upcoming Broadway Play Shares Experiences with Disabilities

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Individuals living with disabilities and their caregivers will be the focus of a new Broadway play by Pulitzer Prize-winner, Martyna Majok this fall. “Cost of Living” will make its debut at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in midtown Manhattan. At Direct Care Innovations, we’re excited to see that the life experiences of those living with […]

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Top Facts about America’s Direct Care Workforce

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As one of the largest and fastest-growing occupations, the direct care workforce is an essential part of providing quality and effective health care services. Direct care employees work with individuals who need long-term care or personal assistance on a daily basis. Not only are direct care staff valuable to those they serve, but they’re also […]

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How Technology Is Changing the Lives of Individuals Living with Disabilities

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It is truly amazing how much can be accomplished through technology. Online shopping, staying connected with friends and loved ones, and conducting business are simply a few of the many developments that have been made over the last few decades. At Direct Care Innovations, we understand that technology has played a major part in helping […]

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College to Open Residence Hall for Students with Autism

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Not all students successfully transition into college life. The change can be even more strenuous for those living with intellectual disabilities or autism. Fortunately, several colleges now offer residential experiences tailored to students with autism. In this post, Direct Care Innovations covers these residence hall programs and why we need them. 

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New IDD Transition Program Seeks to Bridge Service Gaps

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Do you know what foster care and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) services have in common? Both services drop off once young people reach a certain age. Fortunately, After 22, a new Chicago IDD transition program seeks to bridge the gap. In this post, Direct Care Innovations explains. 

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5 Ways to Retain Direct Support Professionals

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Without direct care providers/direct support professionals, the agencies Direct Care Innovations supports wouldn’t exist. Therefore, neither would we. When DSPs succeed, grow and climb the ladder in the Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) world, their agencies do, too. For this reason, we take the opportunity to review the DSP staffing deficit and identify ways to help our […]

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