More than 90 million Americans are caring for a loved one and nearly half of family caregivers do so within their own home. Spinal cord injuries not only have a dramatic effect on the lives of the victims, the lives of those caring for them must change as well. Because there are so many people going through this extremely difficult situation, a large amount of resources for caregiver support have been developed.
It's easy to dismiss personal injury lawyers as little more than litigators and negotiators. But your personal injury lawyer may be your best medical advocate. So much about our health care system is controlled by legal and bureaucratic red tape that you may need a lawyer to get the best possible care. Here's how your attorney acts as your advocate—and how to ensure you're getting the advocacy you need.
A world of resources -- online support groups, how-to guides, specialist psychotherapists, and sympathetic providers -- is focused on caring for spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors. Adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury is logistically, emotionally, and physically challenging. Yet in the journey from accident to survival, and from surviving to thriving, one important figure is often neglected: the caregiver.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any form of spinal cord injury, you probably already know from experience that finding people who have been through something similar is invaluable on the road to recovery. Associations exist all over the U.S. for exactly that purpose, to connect individuals who can support each other on their road to recovery.
In the early days of a spinal cord injury (SCI), simply completing daily tasks might feel impossible, and a vacation might seem like an otherworldly fantasy. As you work on your recovery, get into a routine, and begin to make progress, though, you may be surprised to see that life goes on—even after SCI.
A spinal cord injury can permanently change your life, but it does not have to ruin your entire existence! Coping with the pain, limitations, and persistent intrusiveness of a spinal cord injury is challenging for everyone. But for teenagers, who must struggle to break free from their parents, find a new identity, and build independent lives, the agony of a spinal cord injury can be especially challenging. Sadly, the majority of spinal cord injury survivors are young people.
If you're an animal lover who struggles to manage your daily tasks, a service animal might seem like a magnificent solution, all wrapped up in one cute package. But if you're not an animal lover, you might be on the fence.
Fighting for your country is a noble, brave, and commendable action. But it goes without question that these courageous efforts are also incredibly dangerous and can at times lead to life-changing injuries.
Traumatic injuries are terrifying enough, without having to worry about how you'll get groceries, pay the bills, or organize the life you've spent decades creating. Family members dealing with a loved one who has a spinal cord injury often have to deal with the additional trauma of keeping the household running, all while under immense stress. These digital resources can make life a bit easier if you are staying with a loved one in the hospital after a traumatic injury.
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