Anyone with a spinal cord injury has a long period of recovery ahead of them and it is possible that they will not fully recover all of their mobility or speech. The patient will have to spend some time in spinal cord injury rehabilitation where a team of medical personnel will work with them to help them gain their best level of functionality. This will occur after the patient's physicians feel it is medically reasonable for them to leave the hospital and go to the rehabilitation center. This type of rehabilitation usually takes place in a medical center where the patient will live until their treatment is complete. Only in a very mild case with little damage could this be done from home on an outpatient basis.
Spinal cord injury rehabilitation can take a patient away from their home and family and yet in most cases it has proven to be the effective way to help a patient gain their best functionality. At the rehabilitation center there is a team that consists of occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing care and other skills training. The most important of these to the patient may be the occupational therapy as this is where they will learn to take care of themselves once again. OTs find out what the client is able to do and what the client is having difficulty with. The client is shown new ways of doing things and may be given assistive devices or equipment. Occupational therapists usually work on three life areas. Self-care tasks include bathing, hygiene, feeding, and dressing. Productivity includes activities such as work, or parenting. Recreation includes fun and enjoyable activities such as hobbies and family events.
A person with a spinal cord injury needs rehabilitation so that they can start to lead their life again the best way that they can. However, spinal cord injury rehabilitation is an expensive proposition and one that average medical insurance will probably not cover. Some states have catastrophic coverages that may be used in this type of situation, but the rules and regulations for obtaining it need to be clearly understood in order gain the benefit of it. The Catastrophic Injury Resource Center was established for just this type of situation. The staff there is familiar with the resources available to the person who needs this type of rehabilitation and time away from his family. They also understand that this takes an emotional and financial strain on the family. The excellent experienced legal staff can help to determine if there is a possibility of compensation for the incident and if this would not only be for the victim, but for the loss in the family as well.
For experienced and empathetic help with an injury such as this please contact the Catastrophic Injury Resource Center at 1-800-669-7700 or visit their website at http://www.catastrophicinjury.com for more information.