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What can families do to help patients cope with a spinal cord injury?

What can families do to help patients cope with a spinal cord injury?

Sigmund Hough, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Boston Healthcare System

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Families can do a lot and sometimes just being there—sometimes a person is intubated so they’re not being able to communicate, or their level of alertness is low—but being there, what’s called “touch”, just holding a person’s hand, join... Show More

Families can do a lot and sometimes just being there—sometimes a person is intubated so they’re not being able to communicate, or their level of alertness is low—but being there, what’s called “touch”, just holding a person’s hand, joining with the person in whatever way they’re used to doing that. Putting things around in the room, and I see it all the time; it becomes your room, your space. Own that because that’s a space where you heal, that’s a space where you come out of the emergency to the reality of where you are, to looking that you can establish and live, to now looking at where you can go. And that’s getting back on track.

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What can families do to help patients cope with a spinal cord injury?

Sigmund Hough, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Boston Healthcare System

More Videos by Sigmund Hough
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Families can do a lot and sometimes just being there—sometimes a person is intubated so they’re not being able to communicate, or their level of alertness is low—but being there, what’s called “touch”, just holding a person’s hand, joining with the person in whatever way they’re used to doing that. Putting things around in the room, and I see it all the time; it becomes your room, your space. Own that because that’s a space where you heal, that’s a space where you come out of the emergency to the reality of where you are, to looking that you can establish and live, to now looking at where you can go. And that’s getting back on track.

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