Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 3 from the course textbook. Additionally, depending upon your assigned topic, read selected websites and web pages from the following list: Disability Benefits (Links to an external site.), Family and Medical Leave Act (Links to an external site.), Chronic Illness: Common Assistive Technologies (Links to an external site.), Who Is Eligible for Medicaid? (Links to an external site.), Who Is Eligible for Medicare? (Links to an external site.), and Americans with Disabilities Act (Links to an external site.). Lastly, review this week’s Instructor Guidance.
Choose one of the chronic conditions covered in the chapter. The chronic condition you choose must be different from the topic covered in Week 1. Considering the perspective of the patient, respond to this discussion addressing the topic as assigned in the table below. Your initial post must be at least 250 words in length, using the textbook and one scholarly resource.
Include a summary of the chronic condition and how it leads to changes in behaviors, disability, or morbidity.
Durable Medical Equipment
Discuss two challenges faced by individuals who must use durable medical equipment (DME, also known as “assistive devices”), such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair, to perform their activities of daily living (ADLs). Describe how these affect their quality of life (QOL).