Definition Alternative Names Bathroom safety; Toilet aides Information People with physical and mental impairments may need to make some changes to their environment to improve their safe access to the toilet. Bathrooms should be adjusted for the person's mobility and self-care skills. Place handrails near the toilet to help the person transfer to the toilet. Remove any throw rugs from the bathroom and all hallways leading to the bathroom. Make sure that proper lighting is available in both the bathroom and hallways. Night lights may help the person reach the bathroom safely. Some people may get confused when they wake up in a dark room. Use night lights or motion sensor lights to help the person see their location. Special raised toilet seats may help people who have trouble using standard toilet seats (e.g. people who have had a hip fracture , or those with arthritis ). You can buy these items from a medical supply company, pharmacy, or hospital supply center. Some insurance companies may co...
There's little doubt in my mind that a lot of messages relating to genital herpes are underpinned by fear. On the one hand we tut-tut people who stigmatize those with a sexually transmitted disease but on the other we point out the distressing consequences to people who are disease free but who we view as exhibiting high risk behavior. Maybe it's unavoidable, or maybe the content of such messages need to change. They can be taken out of context and distort people's lives.
I recently came across a blog post that demonstrates the problem. It went along the lines of, ‘I'm completely phobic about getting herpes, it's taking over my life'. The blog went into some detail about how a chain of events, many stemming from faulty or misunderstood websites, had resulted in this situation of fear.
Much of what we learn comes from the way influential people around us behave. This particular problem seems to have started when a friend refused to go out in public if she devel...
I recently wrote about a picture that was in a local newspaper, depicting a morbidly obese person on a flight, who seemed to be so large, that his body was blocking the aisle. The blog discussion revolved around-
Whether or not the photo was real
Whether or not the man should have been asked to buy 2 seats so he could fit in the row and not block the aisle
Whether or not the person sitting next to him (and probably being discomforted) had the right to demand that the overweight man be moved
Whether an airline has the right to ask the overweight passenger to leave the plane (or not get on the plane) if indeed, he has not purchased the 2 seats to accommodate his (her) size
Well, yet again, another "airline story" hits the papers and the internet. In this case, a movie director, who had actually purchased 2 seats on a flight, suddenly realized he was at the gate early enough to get on an earlier flight. He did not request 2 seats to accommodate his girth (there...
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