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What are the long-term care options for a spinal-cord injury?

When your recovery from your spinal cord injury in Los Angeles is almost complete, and it becomes obvious that you need long-term care, you may be concerned that a nursing home or similar facility is your only option. However, according to the United Spinal Association, while this may be your best solution, there are others that you should consider before making the choice.

Self-care involves a wide range of tasks, and even though you may be able to take care of your own hygiene and physical needs, inability to complete the following may make living alone difficult or impossible:

  •          Shopping
  •          Cleaning
  •          Cooking
  •          Laundry

There are organizations that provide some of these services, and you may be able to access enough of these to live independently. However, if you or a family member is a homeowner and it is not safe for you to live alone, you may be able to have the house or a building on the property adjusted so that a caregiver may live with you, but in a separate space.

For help with more personal needs such as dressing and bathing, there are group homes and assisted living facilities that offer this type of care, as well as the more general support mentioned above. You may be able to stay in your own apartment or room within the facility, but live more independently than you would be able to in a nursing home. This information about services and housing options available for spinal cord injury victims is general in nature, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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