What is SCI?
Living well with Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord
The central nervous system
What to do if AD is suspected
FAQs about AD
What is AD?
How can I prevent it?
Signs and symptoms
Exercise and SCI
Before you exercise – things to watch out for
Gym Buddy scheme
Take a course or take up an activity
Bladder and Bowel Management
Why is BM important?
Needs and aims
Injury above T-12
Injury L1/T12 and below
Bristol Stool scale
Longer term problems
Your skin after SCI
Skin indicators to watch for
Skincare after bedrest
What if the skin continues to mark?
Suitable clothing for mobilisation and exercise
Respiratory issues – coming soon!
Support for Family & Friends
Hearing the news
Emotional impact of SCI
Understanding children’s reactions
Helping your child while you’re in hospital
Coping with being in hospital
Physical contact with children
Activities with children
Children helping with care
Other ways of keeping in contact
Talking to your child about your injury
What should children be told?
Information, support and resources
Support for children and young adults at the NSIC (St Francis Ward)
About St Francis Ward
What to expect
St Francis Ward Medical and Nursing Team
Occupational Therapy Service
Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Inpatient paediatric programme
St Francis Ward annual report 2018/2019
Growing up with SCI
Going back to school
Clubs, sports and extra curricular activities
AD and returning to school
Looking to the Future
Changing roles at home
Moving home or school
Looking to the Future
Going back to work may seem like an impossible task in the early days after the onset of an SCI
The potential loss of an existing job can be a devastating blow, not only to the injured person’s identity but also to their sense of worth and self-respect.
It may be that you are the main bread winner for your family and your job has been compromised by the impact of your relative’s SCI on your working life
Having to take long periods of time off work may become complicated, especially if your colleagues are carrying your workload or your employer is not sympathetic to your situation.
In addition, there is the potential loss of a close working relationship with colleagues in the workplace.
Until the full extent of the injury is known and hospital rehabilitation has come to an end, it will be difficult to make concrete plans for a return to work
But employers can do a great deal to encourage and reassure your or your relative that they have a future in employment.
Your role may be to make an initial approach to the employer and open up a dialogue about the future.
Many people do go back to work at a later stage, either to the same work or to another job within the company, or they might have a career change or become self-employed
Having an SCI definitely doesn’t mean that a person will not be able to work again, but they may find that they need to go back to college to learn other skills.
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