Spinal Cord Injury: My Partner's First Weeks
Spinal cord injury affects everyone in a family. It’s hard to know what to expect if your partner has been injured. You’ll likely be full of worry: about their health and outlook, about money and adaptations.
There’s help for families from a number of organisations - like The Back-Up Trust, Aspire and the SIA who provide dedicated support by phone and in person for the relatives of people with spinal cord injuries.
Priorities and Big Questions
Immediate health questions come first - will they be okay? Well, every injury is different. Some are complex, with compounding injuries to other parts of the body that can greatly lengthen the initial recovery time before going to rehab. Some injuries are more straightforward, but no less damaging. Spinal cord injury can be fatal due to secondary conditions and in the immediate aftermath of injury, your partner’s medical team will be carefully monitoring their stability.
Questions of longer term mobility and physical well-being are difficult to answer. Injuries can change and progress is different for everyone. It’s important to support your partner through this, but your own feelings and questions are valid - talking to doctors will help answer some of your burning questions and give some sense of clarity. In the early stages, injuries can change quickly.
Prioritise Mental Health for Your Family
Spinal cord injury is incredibly stressful for everyone involved. It changes lives drastically, and if your partner has been injured, you’ll be under a wave of emotions and stresses. While you might feel like you have to be strong and resilient, you are human; you can’t be unbreakable. Keeping it in will eventually become unbearable - whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence.
One to one counselling and family sessions can be a huge help, and these should be organised as soon as possible. Everyone’s mental health is important - especially after trauma. Make mental wellness a priority for your family; it’ll get you all on the right path. A number of the Spinal Centres throughout the UK run ‘family days’ specifically designed to inform loved ones about the effects of SCI. Contact your local Centre for more information.
Thankfully, the NHS provides free healthcare at the point of need for all citizens - and spinal cord injury centres in the UK are among some of the best in the world. But healthcare is just one element in your partner’s spinal cord injury. If your partner is the primary earner in your family, money troubles could be a big concern for you.
With your partner out of work, you’ll still have bills to pay, shopping to do and a mortgage or rental agreement to stay on top of. Managing your finances doesn’t have to be a solo challenge - you should seek help and advice as soon as possible.
Aspire Law can help. We are a specialist law firm, working for people with SCI. We help with legal, housing and personal support at every stage - and even if you and your partner don’t have a legal claim, we’ll help you get what you need.
If your partner does have a claim, our spinal cord injury lawyers will obtain the maximum amount of compensation, as quickly as possible. The first thing we’ll do is make sure that your family are not incurring financial losses as a result of the injury.
We’ll see that all immediate financial needs are met - we’ll even contact your mortgage provider to explain your situation, for immediate peace of mind.
An Accessible Home
With reduced mobility, accessibility adaptations will need to be installed at home - which can be a stressful time. Because of our unique pairing with the charity Aspire, we’re able to get help for families that need to adapt their homes or to find suitable accessible housing.
A claim made through Aspire Law will fund your adaptations or relocation - and we’ll make sure your move, temporary accommodation or adapted home is completed smoothly.
We Help People with SCI
Give us a call on 0800 030 20 40 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help after a spinal cord injury in your family. We’ll do everything we can to help - regardless of your eligibility to claim.