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Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Your Transition Home - VHL HealthSheet #41183_VA
Leaving a hospital or rehabilitation facility to return to your home after your injury takes a lot of planning. You, your family, and your SCI care team will work together. This sheet gives you an overview of what to consider before and after your transition.
Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder (SCI/D): Home Modifications - VHL HealthSheet #41181_VA
Having a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) means that your ability to move has changed.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Adjusting After Discharge - VHL HealthSheet #41179_VA
After your spinal cord injury (SCI), you were likely cared for in a hospital or other facility. Here, healthcare providers monitored you around the clock. You had daily routines and schedules. You had help as you recovered and learned the skills you need to stay healthy. When you’re discharged, it can be difficult to leave the security of this structured living situation. You need to provide for your needs, make your own routines, and make decisions about how you need and want to live. The transition back into your daily life after SCI can be a challenge.
Take Steps to Prevent Pressure Ulcers - VHL HealthSheet #41153_VA
A pressure ulcer/injury is a sore caused by too much pressure on the skin and underlying tissues. Too much pressure for too long will cause damage.
When You Develop a Pressure Ulcer/Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41155_VA
Ulcers/injuries are treatable. And good self-care will help you catch them early, when they are easiest to treat.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Managing Your Bowel - VHL HealthSheet #41157_VA
After a spinal cord injury (SCI), your bowel may not work the same way as before. To help you adjust to and manage the changes, your healthcare team has helped you create a bowel program to follow on a regular basis.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Managing Your Bladder - VHL HealthSheet #41159_VA
After a spinal cord injury (SCI), your bladder may not work the same way as before. During your rehabilitation, your healthcare team gave you a bladder program to help you adjust to and manage these changes.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Managing Medicines - VHL HealthSheet #41187_VA
Treatment for SCI often includes medicines. These help relieve symptoms or prevent infections. They also help improve your health. To work their best, medicines must be taken as directed.
Employment After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) - VHL HealthSheet #41195_VA
After an SCI, you may wonder if you’ll be able to find a job or work again. In fact, people with spinal cord injuries can and do return to work. You may be able to keep the job you had before.
Hiring Caregivers for Spinal Cord Injury - VHL HealthSheet #41199_VA
People with spinal cord injury often need help with tasks of daily living. These include dressing, grooming, personal hygiene, and eating. They also include home management tasks, such as cooking, paying bills, and cleaning. A caregiver or personal assistant can provide that help.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Emergency Preparedness - VHL HealthSheet #41201_VA
In an emergency, such as a natural disaster, people with SCI may have additional needs to consider. Make a plan for your own safety. Preparing in advance can help you better cope with an emergency. Planning can help lessen the impact it has on your life.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Helpful Resources - VHL HealthSheet #41189_VA
Many organizations are ready to help you when you need it. Explore the websites below.
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