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What do families need to know about continuing spinal cord injury rehabilitation services after discharge?

What do families need to know about continuing spinal cord injury rehabilitation services after discharge?

Marguerite David, MSW

Social Worker, Seattle, Washington

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The spinal cord center where I work, the belief is you don’t need any more therapy when you get home; therapy is climbing in and out of your bed and getting in and out of your chair. If your idea of rehab is to strengthen what you have in a physica... Show More

The spinal cord center where I work, the belief is you don’t need any more therapy when you get home; therapy is climbing in and out of your bed and getting in and out of your chair. If your idea of rehab is to strengthen what you have in a physical sense, then go to the gym. If you live your life, and get up every morning, and have a life, and have a purpose, and have a place to go and things to do, you’re going to strengthen yourself every day by living the life that you choose. So it’s not about, “Do I need to go to therapy?” You should be finished with therapy and ready to live, and not hang-up by going to therapy every week. Now on the other hand, I’ve had clients who have hired personal trainers and they work with them six days a week and that’s great. But, you shouldn’t need any if you’re being discharged from an SCI program, you shouldn’t need any more rehab. You’re finished; it’s time to live life. Live your life—there are bumps in the road where life changes, things change you can always go back to your rehab center and therapy staff when you need to make those transitions.

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What do families need to know about continuing spinal cord injury rehabilitation services after discharge?

Marguerite David, MSW

Social Worker, Seattle, Washington

More Videos by Marguerite David
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The spinal cord center where I work, the belief is you don’t need any more therapy when you get home; therapy is climbing in and out of your bed and getting in and out of your chair. If your idea of rehab is to strengthen what you have in a physical sense, then go to the gym. If you live your life, and get up every morning, and have a life, and have a purpose, and have a place to go and things to do, you’re going to strengthen yourself every day by living the life that you choose. So it’s not about, “Do I need to go to therapy?” You should be finished with therapy and ready to live, and not hang-up by going to therapy every week. Now on the other hand, I’ve had clients who have hired personal trainers and they work with them six days a week and that’s great. But, you shouldn’t need any if you’re being discharged from an SCI program, you shouldn’t need any more rehab. You’re finished; it’s time to live life. Live your life—there are bumps in the road where life changes, things change you can always go back to your rehab center and therapy staff when you need to make those transitions.

What do families need to know about continuing spinal cord injury rehabilitation services after discharge?
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