Looking at the Transitions pilot at ICS and the impact it has had on the rehospitalization front.
Even a Supreme Court ruling as big as Olmstead, is only as powerful as the people who make sure it is followed and today the struggle for independence continues with the help of the Disability Integration Act.
Quemuel Arroyo is the first person at New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold the title of Policy Analyst for Accessibility and ADA Coordinator, and he already has major plans for the city!
ICS members tend to be very satisfied customers. According to a recent member survey, 85 percent rate their care “good” to “excellent.” And more than two-thirds are “very much” or “quite a bit” content with their quality of life—an astonishing figure considering that our members tend to have complex medical needs that pose extraordinary challenges to their independence.
Financial resources play a major role in dental neglect. Unfortunately for elderly patients, the consequences of dental neglect can be especially profound.
With fewer onerous requirements and greater flexibility, patients, as well as doctors, can expect to see improvement in FIDA plans this year.
Happy Holidays from the ICS family! We wish all of our members, staff, community partners, and their family and friends a safe, peaceful and happy holiday.
Last week ICS’s Marilyn Saviola, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, received a 2015 Viscardi Achievement Award. It wasn’t until I read several New York Times articles about Henry Viscardi, Jr., whose own achievements these annual awards pay homage to, that I understood the parallels in the lives of these two.
While the NYC weather has been quite pleasant thus far, it will eventually get cold and icy. This can make going out difficult but there is lots to do in NYC this winter making braving the winter weather worth the effort!
The importance of end-of-life planning and its benefits to patients and their families are so obvious that Medicare will, at long last, begin reimbursing doctors and other health care professionals, such as nurse practitioners, for this vital service.
The multifaceted nonprofit organization now known as BFL began in 1986 as the first transitional housing of its kind specifically for people with disabilities. Years later the program has served 295 residents and provided a wide range of services, including managed long-term care management courtesy of ICS, occupational therapy and housing.
The 2015 Annual Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament took place November 7 and 8 in the Bronx, with the Bulova Stetson Nets defeating the Los Angeles Hotwheels, in thrilling back and forth action, 57-56 in the championship game.
We believe that helping the family members who care for ICS members is one of the most important things we can do. We are also launching a “Circle of Care Lounge,” in January a six-week support group for family caregivers of ICS members.
The CDC estimates that vaccinations prevented 6.6 million illnesses during the 2012-2013 flu season. Each year a few common misconceptions and myths prevent people from getting a flu shot. Well here are the truths to those myths.
Due to a federal mandate, state and federal agencies are urging employers to hire people with disabilities. Meanwhile, at ICS, hiring people with disabilities has been critical to our success and growth.
This past Saturday ICS, the Rusk Institute and the New York City chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association sponsored From Injury to Independence: A Spinal Cord Injury Symposium.
With a vast collection of public property – about 29,000 acres! – it’s extremely important that everyone who wants to, can use NYC parks, gardens, gyms, beaches, playgrounds and other venues.
Contrary to what many people believe, falling is not a normal part of aging and, most importantly, falls can be prevented. The recently established ICS Falls Intervention Program is fighting falls one member at a time.
This past Sunday, September 13, Komen Greater New York City held its 25th Annual Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and support programs.
With a recent report released by the U.S. Access Board with recommendations on making the nation’s trains accessible, it’s a good time to revisit what’s improved and what has not for people with disabilities who want to travel.
While acknowledging the landmark law’s success in radically increasing the opportunities and visibility of people with disabilities in American life, the 61-page report from the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, titled ADA 25: Many Bridges to Cross, notes that major disparities in well-being between people with disabilities and the general public persist.
One day in 1944 Ramón Nuñez saw a pretty young woman in a cemetery in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He fell in love, and they soon were married, not knowing that they would be together 70 years later.
We’ve all been wowed by cutting edge assistive technologies, but even more eye-opening is the fact that if they are available they are not covered at all Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance.
With the Rehabilitation Act, people without “vocational potential” demanded equal eligibility for those funds in order to become independent. And they got it—but it didn’t come easy!
The White House Conference on Aging occurs once a decade and is focused on making policy recommendations to the president and Congress regarding the aged. This year the conference focused on the importance of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and their role in decisions Americans make when planning for retirement.
ICS was proud to host the 6th annual From Within conference for women with physical disabilities last Saturday. Hear from some of the attendees!
Meet Stephanie Wallace: proud grandmother, legendary karaoke singer, host of online radio show LAID, and active ICS member.
Thousands of people with disabilities, their friends and family members marched down Broadway this past Sunday in New York City’s first annual Disability Pride Parade.
Telemedicine and the role it plays at ICS with the Care Connections pilot program.
It's almost Independence Day and as Independence Care System continues to change and grow, we never lose sight of our core mission – helping people to remain as independent as possible, at home, in their communities!