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Caregivers often need help with their duties

A severe spinal cord injury usually means that the victim will need help with daily tasks. This is especially true in the early days after the accident. Many people don't realize that one person facing this type of injury is going to impact the entire family. Often, one family member will have to take on the caregiver role.

There are many things that often occur when a person takes on a caregiver role. They might need to come up with a plan that enables them to care for their loved one without putting themselves on the back burner.

Overwhelming emotions

The range of emotions you feel may be overwhelming. You're probably overjoyed that your loved one is alive, but you will start to realize that you have a lot more responsibility now than you did before. You could be solely responsible for things like keeping up with the financial obligations of the home at a time when you're exhausted from caring for the person who was injured.

As you deal with the emotions of the situation, remember that your loved one might be feeling some strong ones as well. Often, individuals will begin to feel like they are a burden on the people helping to care for them. It might help to talk to them about what they're feeling, but try to remind them that they aren't a burden.

Finding help

It is almost impossible to keep up with the demands of caregiving if you don't find help. In some cases, this might come from paid caregivers, such as home health workers, but this can become costly if you don't have insurance to help you cover the bills.

You have to find ways to keep up with self-care tasks. For example, 63% of caregivers say they eat poorly and almost 75% note that they don't go to the doctor as often as they should. This can lead to health problems of your own, so be sure that you find ways to handle these tasks.

If the victim's injury was caused by someone's negligence, seeking compensation might help with the exorbitant expenses. Spinal cord injuries can lead to a host of economic and noneconomic damages. Think about things like lost earning capacity and medical bills. You have to factor in everything since the injury, as well as expenses you're likely to incur in the future.

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