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Enabling Optimal Care After Spinal Cord Injury - An Online Curriculum for Personal Care Assistants

In this episode of Kessler Foundation's podcast, Dr. Jeanne Zanca, senior research scientist in the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research and Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation, discusses "Enabling Optimal Care After Spinal Cord Injury - An Online Curriculum for Personal Care Assistants." 



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Below is a short summary about the podcast: 

Dr. Zanca describes the development of a web-based curriculum for training personal care assistants in the type of care needed by individuals with spinal cord injury. This project update is relevant to our recent experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed new emphasis on health care workers and on the advantages of online education. As director of this project, Dr. Zanca shares her perspective on how its utilization can improve quality of life, as well as the personal assistance received by people living with spinal cord injury.

About Dr. Jeanne Zanca

Outside of Kessler Foundation, Dr. Zanca is a co-investigator for the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Model System and serves as associate editor for the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, she is also a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and a member of the ACRM Board of Governors.

Healthcare Resources 

How to Successfully Hire and Manage a Personal Care Assistant for People with Spinal Cord Injury

United Spinal Association Caregiver Resources 

Paralysis Resource Center Personal Care Assistance Blog Series

Managing Personal Assistance: A Consumer Guide by the Paralyzed Veterans of America