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.
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.