Spinal cord injury patients report ‘poor quality of life’

Posted: October 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

One in five people who suffer a spinal cord injury will be put in a elderly care home, regardless of their age, a charity has warned.

Roger Hearn has told ITV News the limitations of his life in care with spinal injuries has put a terrible strain on his marriage.

Dr Brett Scott, who has led research into the care of spiral injury victims, has told ITV News Government action is needed to stop patients entering a spiral of depression because of ineffective care home placements.

All too often, people with spinal cord injury find themselves discharged to somewhere totally unsuitable and, as this study confirms, care homes are often the very worst option for someone recovering from a traumatic spinal injury.

As a country, we're still celebrating the fantastic success of GB's Paralympians this summer. How many of them would have had the opportunity to compete if they'd spent months or years confined to a room in a care home?

Thousands of people are being robbed of the basic ability to get on with their lives.

A charity has warned that one in five people who suffer a spinal cord injury will be put in a elderly care home, regardless of their age.

Some spinal cord injury patients reported poor quality of life and other physical injuries including pressure sores, infections and broken bones.

They also reported a lack of independence, damage to relationships, isolation and boredom.

Participants in the report said that care home staff were regularly not able to help them out of bed until midday, and in some cases people were left in bed all day if the home was short staffed.

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