This lesson will explore the following topics:
This lesson will address the post-acute rehabilitation process of individuals with spinal cord injury. The lesson will discuss the process of aging with a spinal cord injury. An emphasis is placed on the importance of considering the aging process when generating a life care plan.
- Understand the fundamentals of life care planning for the person with paraplegia
- Understand the fundamentals of life care planning for the person with tetraplegia
- Understand the psychological aspects of spinal cord injury
- Understand the process of aging with spinal cord injury and the concept of declination charts
2. Read Chapter 17: “Life Care Planning for Spinal Cord Injury” (pgs. 514-529) in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (4th edition) or Chapter 18: “Life Care Planning for Spinal Cord Injury” (pgs. 634- 660) in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition)
This portion of Chapter 18 addresses several aspects that need to be taken into account when writing a life care plan for an individual with a spinal cord injury. Future needs are discussed, including levels of assistance that may be needed by an individual with a SCI.
The impact that aging has on an individual with a SCI is explained. As an individual with a SCI ages, he/she is likely to experience some of the common changes associated with aging at a much earlier age than the rest of the population. Life expectancy, risk factors, and other general considerations are addressed. A case example is presented at the end of the chapter.
3. Read “Initial Management and Early Treatment” – Click here for Reading
4. Read “Initial Rehabilitation Program” – Click here for Reading.
Also consult the following related documents related to Functional Spinal Cord Levels:
- Table 4 – Part 1
- Table 4 – Part 2
- Table 4 – Part 3
- Table 4 – Part 4
- Table 4 – Part 5
- Table 5 – Transportation- Equipment and Cost
5. Read “Functional Abilities by Level of Lesion” – Click here for Reading
6. Read “Future Medical and Non-Medical Expenses” – Click here for Reading. Also consult the following related documents:
- Table 7 – Future Medical and Non-medical Expenses- Mean Days Hospitalized by Neurological Impairment and Follow-up Year
- Table 8 – Future Medical and Non-medical Expenses- Plastic Surgery-Median Hospital Days Charges for Hospitalized Cases Only
- Table 9 – Non-Hospital Medical Charges By Neurological Categories- Initial Medical-Rehabilitation Period and Follow-up Years
7. Read “Future Support Needs and Equipment Needs” – Click here for Reading
8. Read “Aging with Spinal Cord Injury” – Click here for Reading
9. Read “The Rehabilitation Plan” – Click here for Reading
10. Read “Medical Conditions Related to Spinal Cord Injury” – Click here for Reading
11. Read “Impact on Placement and Range of Job Alternatives” – Click here for Reading. Also consult the following related document:
- Chart 1 – Vocational Handicaps Associated With Spinal Cord Injuries