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Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: A Course for Personal Care Assistants

ABOUT THIS COURSE

  • Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: A Course for Personal Care Assistants” is the first, free online education resource specifically designed to introduce personal care assistants to spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Content was created with guidance from people living with SCI and their families, experienced personal care assistants, and rehabilitation professionals
  • Anyone can register and access the course for free: https://bit.ly/understandingSCI

 

GOAL OF COURSE

To enhance the quality of personal care assistance available to people with spinal cord injury

 

RATIONALE FOR DEVELOPING THE COURSE

  • SCI is a life-changing condition that often creates a need for hands-on help with important daily tasks from others
  • This hands-on help (referred to as personal care assistance) is needed to prevent medical complications and enable participation in community life
  • Most home health care providers lack experience working with clients with SCI
  • A better understanding of the needs and preferences of clients with SCI will help personal care assistants provide the best care

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

  • To gain a better understanding of the needs and experiences of individuals with SCI
  • To receive practical suggestions on how to improve communications and build positive working relationships
  • To attain the necessary tools and resources to support client care for individuals with SCI

 

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?

  • Home health care providers (such as agencies, nursing assistants, home health care aides)
  • Individuals with SCI and their families
  • Rehabilitation programs

 

COURSE MODULE TOPICS

  • What is Spinal Cord Injury?
  • Physical Functions Affected by SCI
  • Personal and Social Challenges Created by SCI
  • Common Misunderstandings about SCI
  • Complications of SCI
  • Applying What You’ve Learned
  • Additional Insights

 

HOW TO ACCESS COURSE

 

COURSE MULTIMEDIA

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CONTACT US
Email any questions about the course to: [email protected]

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Production of the course was supported by Grant #90IF0115 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and in part by Grant #862 from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation.

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