Rock Steady Boxing was developed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Practiced at high intensity, this class can relieve symptoms for people with Parkinson’s. It’s true. Rock Steady Boxing is suitable for people at all levels of fitness, any age, and regardless of the severity of symptoms. You can take a class if you are in a wheelchair.
Rock Steady Boxing is becoming more and more popular as word-of-mouth about its effectiveness spreads.
Fifteen years of scientific study prove that these classes lessen symptoms. Thanks to Rock Steady Boxing, anyone, at any stage of Parkinson’s, can lead a healthier/happier life.
Rock Steady Boxing has become so popular that there are now multiple outlets in San Diego County.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a Medi-Cal program that authorizes up to 283 hours of caregiver services per month to low income seniors and disabled individuals so they can remain in their homes rather than have to move to a facility or group home.
Services available through IHSS include:
- Domestic Services such as housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, and laundry;
- Personal Services such as help with bathing, dressing, walking, feeding, toileting, and medications;
- Paramedical Services such as tube feeding, testing urine and blood, injecting insulin and administering other medications, catheter care and enemas;
- Transportation services to medical and related appointments; and
- Protective Supervision for individuals who, as a result of a mental impairment, are likely to engage in potentially dangerous behaviors.
A wonderful benefit of the IHSS program is that a recipient’s family member or friend can apply to be their paid provider.
To be eligible to apply for services, an individual must be receiving or be qualified to receive Medi-Cal (with some exceptions). Once a person applies, the county will conduct an in-person assessment and determine if the individual needs any services to “remain safely in their home” and, if so, how much time they need for each service.
Applying for IHSS benefits is easy. The individual needing help, or anyone on their behalf, can call the county and request the services. The application is simple and usually completed over the phone. The number to call to apply for IHSS is 1-800-510-2020.
Anyone who is denied services or does not receive the number of hours they need to remain safely in their home has the right to request a hearing to contest the county’s determination. The hearings are informal and held in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD), a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals, has launched a new Pro Bono project centered on IHSS cases. Staff and volunteer attorneys are available to provide advice on IHSS eligibility and representation at IHSS hearings to individuals who qualify.
If you have a general question about IHSS or have been denied IHSS benefits or provided insufficient hours, call LASSD at 1-877-534-2524.
Article courtesy of Michael Coleman, Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.