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Paws 4 Ability

Posted by Ask Emily on December 3, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a dog that you feel would be a good candidate to become your service dog?  Do you have questions about what and how long it takes to train your dog to be your service dog?  Are you looking for someone who you can talk to to point you to someone in your area who can help with these questions?  Contact Karen DiCostanzo with your questions.  Karen can be reached at (805) 415-1126.

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ALOHA! - MANCON has an exciting new job at MCB Kaneohe Bay in US-HI-Honolulu. If you or someone you know who might be interested, please forward this blog posting to them

Posted by Hope 4 Disabilities on December 3, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Job ID: 2018-3927

Job Title: ADVOCATE/RECOVERY CARE COORDINATOR

# Positions: 1

Hire Type: Full-Time

Work Days: Monday - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Other Days: Weekend work may occur. Not to exceed 40 hours.

Work Shift: 1 First shift, Other Shifts: Evening work may occur.


Overview:

Recovery Care Coordinators (RCCs) will support programs and processes provided by Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force, and Department of Veterans Affairs and other governmental and non-governmental support agencies.


Responsibilities:

RCCs will identify and access benefit information from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to Command specific information and benefits, Veterans Administration benefits, Various Wounded Warrior Program, assistance and Family Readiness Centers, finance, etc. RCCs will access and interpret information necessary to evaluate how to best support the RSM and family through the entire spectrum of care management, rehabilitation, and transition services. In the performance of the position, RCCs will exhibit exceptional interpersonal skills, strategic problem-solving skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills that focus on support requirements to evaluate and enhance the experience of the RSM and family. RCCs will use knowledge of military systems/ protocols, specifically as they relate to recovering service members and their families preferred to assist those members and families. Additional tasks/assignments may occur.

 

Qualifications:

-Valid Driver’s License

-United States citizen

-Read, write, communicate in English

-Interpersonal skills, negotiating skills and oral and written communication skills

-Organizational and management/time management skills


Physical Requirements:

Sedentary work -Occasionally exerting up to 10 pounds of force by lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects. Work involves sitting most of the time; walking and standing are required only occasionally. 

Physical Requirement Details:


Physical Activity: Driving, Sitting, Standing, Walking

 

Medical/Vaccination Requirements:

 

Background Checks:

 

Security Requirements (Current or Obtain/Maintain): Other, Public Trust; adjudicated NACI

 

Other Requirements: Other customer checks may occur.


Skills/Competency Checks: Driver's License

 

Visit MANCON at https://careers-mancon.icims.com/jobs/3927/job. Apply directly online or contact MANCON HR for alternatives at 757-457-9570 or recruiter@manconinc.com.

MANCON participates in E-verify. For information regarding E-Verify, contact the Department of Homeland Security at 888-464-4218.

 

MANCON is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MANCON will not discriminate based on race, color, age, sex or gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or membership in any other protected class. Questions and concerns can be directed to hr@manconinc.com

© Mancon Inc.; 1961 Diamond Springs Road; Virginia Beach, VA 23455; USA

What Is Respit Care and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Ask Emily on August 26, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Unless you have experienced it first hand, you may not understand or appreciate the importance of respit care. Respit care is important for everyone, whether it be someone with a lifelong medical condition, or an elderly person, as well as their caregiver.  Believe it or not, caregivers can benefit from respit care just as much as the elderly person, or the person with the lifelong medical condition. When a family has a child with a medical condition, or a loved one with Alzheimers or Dimentia, this might mean that they have long days with doctor's appointments, seizures, meltdowns, memory loss, and unnecessary stressors like people who are not properly educated who feel the need to put their two cents in where it more than likely doesn't belong.

What good is a caregiver, if they are so overwhelmed and exhausted that they can't even take care of themselves let alone another person?  Respit care is where another person comes in for a few hours to give the primary caregiver a break, so that they can do things like; sleep, shower, go to the grocery store, or even an outing like a spa day to have their hair, makeup and nails done or get a massage, where they won't have to worry about what is happening with their loved one and they can relax and put themselves and their needs first which can be such a luxury to some depending on how over stressed and exhausted they might be.

Respit care, my sometimes be covered under insurance if you know how to go about it. Respit care, does not have to be a specific amount of time or a specific activity. it can be 15 minutes to meditate, an hour massage, 30 minutes to take a nap or have lunch with a friend you haven't seen in a long time. Respit care, can even be a husband and wife going out to dinner and a movie to reconnect to make sure that their marriage stays strong through the challenges.

To find out more aobut your local Respit Care options, contact your local hospital Social Worker, or you can go to Ask Emily on our website and fill out the form and let us know your families situation and where you are located and we can do the research for you.

Can Animals Experience PTSD Like Humans Do?

Posted by Ask Emily on August 12, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of you may have seen and/or followed the story recently out of Seattle, Washington where an Orca Whale Calf died and its mother carried it for over two weeks before letting go. This story caught the attention of millions around the world for a varity of reasons. PTSD can happen in many different circumstances and impact people in many different ways, but how many of us have really thought about PTSD in Animals? Until watching this Orca with her calf, I personally had never given that idea much thought, but it makes total sense now tat I have been following the story since it started in Seattle. It was sad and puzzling listening to the researchers and people following this mother and her deceased baby and how they were so eager to, "do something", but they didn't know what to do. This has really got me thinking about PTSD and Mental Health and what a human mother goes through during the grieving process after loosing her baby vs. what an animal goes through after loosing her baby. When a human mother looses a baby, when she is ready to, she can verbally express what she is going through.  When an animal mother experiences this, she can express it in her own time and in her own way to other animals, but the way she might display it to humans, humans might have a hard time understanding. When a human see's an animal carrying its deceased baby especially when it has been weeks since the babies passing, their immediate response is, "What do we need to do?". Some human mother's who have experienced this might say, "Let the poor mother grieve in her own way and in her own time." Another piece to this is that animals can't be medicated like human's can, so they might have a more difficult time dealing with the situation and who are we to put a time limit on something like that if we can't relate to what they are experiencing. The more I think about what to write in this post, the more sympathy I have for human's who experience PTSD.  We need to be showing more patience and compassion.  It is not necessarily our job to understand, but to show compassion to those who are personally experiencing PTSD.  Even if the person who is trying to help has experienced their own PTSD, no PTSD is exactly the same.  As long as we make sure that the person knows that they are safe, are cared about and they are not alone, that could be better than anything else that anyone else tries to offer the person and the same thing can and should be said for animals. As long as we observe the situation to ensure the safety of all involved, we shoud only intervene if there is a true and definite safety threat, but as for what was happening with the Orca, she was not harming anyone by her actions, she was simply trying to show that she was grieving the loss and there should be nothing wrong with that.

TOP FIVE EXERCISES TO TRY AT HOME FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Posted by Hope 4 Disabilities on August 8, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Exercising regularly not only improves health and prevents diseases like type 2 diabetes and cancer, it has also been proved that regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. This means your heart and lung health improves through exercise and in turn, the immediate and long-term effects both have a giant and positive impact on the quality of your life. Keeping fit and healthy and exercising regularly can be a hard enough task for people as is, however, it can be even harder for disabled people who have limited mobility.

Limited mobility or disability doesn’t mean it is impossible for the disabled person to exercise. There are tons of specific exercises and techniques out there which focus on different parts of the body. You can either ask a doctor or a fitness professional familiar with your disability while choosing which exercise is the best for you, or you can make that choice yourself depending on your personal understanding on what part of your body you need to work on the most.

Here is a list of exercises which can be done at home without any equipment. Before starting exercising, it is best to relax your mind and your body. One way you can do both is Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR). For complete body PMR, sit or lie down in a comfortable position and take five deep breaths. Feel free to create relaxing imagery in your mind when you’re inhaling, like you’re breathing fresh morning air in your favorite park, or getting direct help and breathing freely using a breathing machine. Tense and release your feet, legs, buttocks, stomach, hands, arms, neck, and face, one by one. Continue this to the count of five while keeping your eyes closed and breathing deeply.

1. SIT TO STAND

If you have some control over your lower body, perch yourself at the front edge of a chair and place your feet flat on the ground, behind your knees. Lean your upper body slightly forward and try to push yourself up using your legs into a standing position. If you can’t do it without the support of your arms, try placing your hands on your knees and then pushing yourself up. Once you’re in a standing position, slowly and carefully lower yourself back on the seat till you return to the position you started in. If your legs are too weak for this setting, use a grab rail or shelf to pull yourself up while putting as much force through your legs as physically possible for you.

2. AEROBIC RESISTANCE TRAINING

You’ll need a lightweight resistance band for this one. Choose a resistance which will allow you to have 40 to 50 per set repetitions and perform resistance exercises at a fast pace. Perform 2 to 3 sets and take minute long breaks between sets per exercise. You can start off by wrapping your resistance band under your chair, couch, or bed. Perform tricep extensions,bicep curls, front and side shoulder raise, and shoulder press exercises. You can also wrap the band around your chair to perform a chest press. Wrap the band around a pole or support and pull using your hand to work on your back muscles.

3. BOXING


Make a fist, imagine a target, and start swinging to raise your heart rate and burn excess calories. Watch videos on boxing online to figure out posture and technique. Think of the boxing legends and if you want, imagine yourself as one while you swing at your mobile punching bag or at thin air. Ask a friend to help you out if you don’t want to be boxing alone or purchase an interactive boxing or physical exercise related gaming system like PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo. Punching thin air can burn upto 390 calories per hour.

4. DANCING/ HULA-HOOPING


Turn on some of your favorite upbeat music. Sit comfortably wherever you want, and now start moving. There are no limitations to dance moves but you can also look up videos for moves which you can easily do and are very effective. Wiggle your body, especially your hips and make figure eights. Move your arms and legs and feet. Use Frisbee rings or hula-hoops around your wrists. Make them move in circles as you rotate your wrists. Do this while making figure eights with your hips. All of these movements will get your heart rate up and you’ll be able to strengthen your body to move and get around better.

5. SEATED BACK EXTENSIONS/ DORSAL RAISES

Abdominal exercises go best when paired with exercises which help strengthen lower back muscles. They need the balance lower back muscles exercises provide. Start this particular exercise by lying on the floor face down, bring the tips of your fingers to your temples and spread your elbows wide. Raise your head, shoulders, and thighs up from the floor at the same time. Slowly lower yourself but prevent your arms from touching the floor to make sure you don’t relax completely.

Author Bio:

This guest post was written by Hassan Khan Yousafzai, he is passionate about Digital marketing. Along with educational background in Software Engineering he is bridging gap between marketing and development department.

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