Safety

They say 'three's a crowd,' but what if the third person is your personal care assistant? A psychologist with SMA offers some dating strategies.

posted on October 30, 2014 - 9:11am
“Samantha” is a typical 30-something single female who has a successful, fulfilling career in investment banking. Samantha also enjoys an active social life, but when she looks around her and sees friends and peers in romantic relationships, she can’t help but desire the same for herself.

Tips on how to find and use an accessible hotel pool lift this summer

posted on July 7, 2014 - 9:15am
Quest Summer 2014
ADA-compliant pool chair lifts provide individuals with disabilities a safe way to enter and exit public pools. Many vacationers are seeing something different at hotels this summer: pool and spa lifts.

Taking more than care

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:23am
Quest Winter 2014
Without the help of my paid caregivers, I can’t get out of bed. I put my life in their hands every day, and that’s why it was such a slap in the face when one of my aides stole my work laptop. It’s been well-documented that individuals with disabilities are victimized by crime, including burglary/theft, at much higher rates than the rest of the population. In fact, we’re often targeted...

People with MD have an increased risk of falling and decreased ability to recover muscle after injury; these strategies and products can help in ice and snow

posted on February 8, 2013 - 11:27am
Winter can be a beautiful time of year — especially when you're inside under a warm blanket, drinking hot cocoa and looking out the window at the glistening white and the snow-coated branches. Unfortunately, most people have to carry out their daily lives regardless of slippery conditions. Slipping and falling are hazards for everyone in winter weather, but for people with neuromuscular...

A new federal program provides personal care aides for individuals with disabilities stranded in emergency shelters during a declared disaster

posted on August 13, 2012 - 6:00am
Wildfires, windstorms and floods have been in the news regularly this year. What if such a disaster suddenly hit your neighborhood? Would you be prepared?  Planning ahead for emergency situations is especially important for people who have disabilities that affect mobility and self-care. You are in the best position to plan for your own safety and well-being since you know your functional...

An accessible fire extinguisher is still on the drawing board, but here are a few other ways to stay safe

posted on January 1, 2012 - 2:36pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
In June 2011, Vicki Pollyea of Tampa, Fla., heard a loud explosion on her bedroom porch. Pollyea, who has type 1A Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and walks with assistance, spotted a small fire through her porch door.

The story you're about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the guilty

posted on October 1, 2011 - 3:31pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
I’m fortunate in that many of my paid caregivers have been professional, reliable, respectful, pleasant and hard- working. Some have been with me for so long we think of them as family. Whether it was sharing my excitement over self-publishing a novel and moving into our new house, or helping me through the misery of my first months of diabetes and the nightmare of my mother’s breast cancer, they...

The biggest problem at an ER may not be the one you go in with, but the one you encounter there

posted on July 1, 2011 - 4:18pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
When a medical emergency strikes — and the patient is a person with a neuromuscular disease — it’s not just getting to the emergency room quickly that’s critical. It’s also critical to ensure the ER staff understands the patient’s special needs caused by muscle disease.