How to Help a Loved One Cope with a Spinal Cord Injury

How to Help a Loved One Cope with a Spinal Cord Injury

When a loved one sustains a catastrophic injury like spinal cord damage, witnessing the aftermath isn’t easy. Of course, actually living with the injury is even harder, so family members are usually inclined to help however they can. 

If your relative is recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI), you may be eager to do your part. Upon learning about the uphill battle he or she faces, though, it’s natural to feel powerless. This is especially true when the prognosis includes permanent paralysis.

Regardless of your loved one’s odds of making a full recovery, there are a number of ways you can help him or her cope with both the physical limitations and psychological ramifications of his or her condition. If you’re unsure how to start, here are some of the most effective strategies for offering assistance:

1. Arrange for Counseling

Virtually everyone who sustains a life-changing injury can benefit from counseling. Even if your family member appears to be handling the situation fairly well, he or she may be struggling with loneliness, hopelessness, anxiety, or depression, all of which are perfectly normal—and relatively common—in the wake of catastrophe. Fortunately, after determining the extent of any psychological issues, a licensed professional can offer various techniques for overcoming them.

Should your loved one be resistant to seeing someone, eliminate all the hurdles of doing so. For example, you can take it upon yourself to find a specialist who will accept his or her insurance, schedule the appointments, and then provide transportation to and from the sessions.  

2. Get out of the House

Once your relative’s condition stabilizes, don’t let him or her stay cooped up in the house all day. With the right mobility devices, you can take him or her on all kinds of outings. Even something as simple as spending time in nature could provide a host of benefits, from relieving stress to combatting depression.

3. Set a Series of Goals

Help your family member set both small and large goals, and then track his or her progress in regard to achieving them. This is one of the surest ways to maintain the motivation to keep going, especially on days when even the best possible outcome looks bleak or the situation in general feels unbearable. Upon reaching each milestone, help your loved one identify a new goal so he or she will always have something to work toward.

Discuss Your Case with a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Long Island

If your loved one sustained an SCI because another party failed to act with reasonable care, contact WeitzPascale to determine the most strategic way to proceed. Our resourceful team will help you identify all responsible parties, gather evidence of liability, and fight for a fair settlement.

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