If you have a loved one who has suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, work accident or any other type of accident, it's important to know the best way to provide them care. Any mishap in providing care could worsen their injury, lead to another surgery or even put them back in the hospital for months on end. You need to follow the tips for care outlined in today's post if you want to ensure they are cared for properly.
The first thing you must do before providing care is to learn about the injury. Talk to the loved one's doctors and nurses. Ask questions. Do your research. The more you know about the injury, the easier it will be to provide adequate care for your loved one when they come home from the hospital.
A person with a spinal cord injury will have trouble with exercise. They will need to exercise often. Make sure you help them build up their strength without forcing them to overdo things.
Don't make it your job to do everything for your loved one. They need to still do things on their own or at least learn how to do it all over again. If you simply do everything for your loved one, they will wind up being very frustrated.
Make sure the house in which they live has been modified based on their injury. This can include low sinks, wheelchair ramps, chairlifts and other renovations that can help them navigate the home.
Knowing how to properly care for a loved one with a spinal cord injury can make the recovery process much easier for them. They will know that you are there to make their life easier while helping them recover or learn how to live with the injury.