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Spinal Cord Injury Information

How can Therapy First help?

Our therapists can help you help you during your spinal cord injury recovery in the following situations:

Discharge Planning: Assisting in the discharge planning process by liaising with hospital therapists and medical personal to ensure that all the necessary equipment and supports are in place for your safe discharge home.

Home Visits: Assessing your home environment to determine what, if any modifications are required in order to make your home wheelchair accessible to allow you to function at your maximum level of independence.

Personal Care Assessment: Performing a thorough assessment of your personal care needs and providing recommendations on the supports and equipment required in order to allow you to function as independently and safely as possible.

Community Follow Up: Follow up in the community to ensure that you are maintaining your level of independence at home, work and recreation. Regular reassessments of your functional status or of their seating and mobility needs for example will help to ensure that as you age or react to changes in medical status that support and assistance are always close at hand.

Pressure Sore Prevention and Management: Throughout our therapeutic relationship with you, we will analyze your equipment, sitting and lying surfaces and lifestyle and intervene accordingly to help prevent pressure sores from occurring.

In the event that you have a pressure sore, our therapists can help by doing an assessment of what may have caused the sore. The sore could be due to pressure resulting from a wheelchair cushion, a mattress, a commode or toilet seat, a bath seat, a vehicle seat, shearing caused by transfers, a fall, a crinkle in clothing, excess moisture on already fragile skin, poor nutrition or a multitude of other factors. Once the cause is determined we can find a solution! We will make sure all aspects of pressure sore prevention and treatment are considered.


Spinal Cord Injury facts/links

Complete spinal cord injuries:
http://www.spinal-injury.net/complete-spinal-cord-injury.htm

Spinal cord injury facts:
http://www.canparaplegic.org/en/SCI_Facts_67.html
http://www.canparaplegic.org/en/SCI_Facts_67/items/8.html

What is a pressure sore?
http://www.spinal-injury.net/pressure-sores-sci.htm

The cost of pressure sores
http://www.preventpressureulcers.ca/decision-maker/decision-maker.html

For more information or to book an appointment contact us by phone at 204-612-0399 or by email at ot@therapyfirst.ca