Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Health

Health Matters!

Health is sometimes taken for granted. It’s not until we become ill or don’t feel quite right that we focus on what is wrong with our health. Fortunately there is a great deal that we can do. We are in a position to improve our health and we usually don’t have to rely on others to do so. We may...

THE HEALTH CARE STRATEGY AND PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

The Health Care Strategy: Quality and Fairness (2001), launched by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern last Novembe,r has been championed by many as the panacea to all the woes currently afflicting the Irish health care system. The strategy has received a mix of approval and disapproval across the broad spectrum of society who work in or receive services from our...

THE NEW NATIONAL HEALTH STRATEGY – QUALITY & FAIRNESS

Towards the end of 2001 the new National Health Strategy was launched. In compiling the strategy, the Department of Health received over 1500 written submissions from individuals throughout the country and also received submissions from over 300 organisations. The strategy also had inputs by specialists in the health field from many parts of the world. The Steering Group which devised...

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IN HEALTH CARE: A PARENT’S VIEW

My eldest son, Mark, suffered lack of oxygen at birth and, as a result, he has brain damage. He is now thirty years old and has a variety of medical problems. I would like to share some of my experiences with doctors and hospitals over the years. My first meeting with a consultant was when Mark was one year old....

DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Children with learning disabilities are affected by the same dental problems as other children, the chief ones being tooth decay and gum disease. However, the resulting chewing problems, swollen or bleeding gums and broken or decayed teeth can add further difficulties to a child who already has a disability. TOOTH CLEANING AND PLAQUE First teeth (milk teeth) are as important as...

FOOD IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

THE 'HEALTHY LIVES STUDY' The 'Healthy Lives' study was a qualitative research study which assessed how far a group of 30 adults with learning disabilities were able to live healthy lives in the community. The study addressed people's social and economic circumstances, their health-related behaviour and their experience of medical and dental services. Participants in the study (13 men and...

EYE CARE

An understanding of eye care needs is important to help people of all levels of ability to enjoy a good quality of life. People with learning difficulties are particularly prone to eye problems; unfortunately they frequently go through their lives unnecessarily handicapped because of a lack of appropriate eye care. Carers may not be sufficiently aware of clients’ sight...