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Can a Paraplegic Live at Home?

Can a Paraplegic Live at Home

Yes, they can. However, paraplegia is a life-changing condition. Suppose your family member with paraplegia wants to live at home. In that case, you need to make some adaptions in your home and ensure that the person receives the necessary care.

Learning how to adapt to a new life with paraplegia is important for the person with paraplegia and their family members. Not being able to move the lower part of the body, stand up, and walk can cause various additional conditions ranging from mild to life-threatening.

Some of the most common complications linked to paraplegia involve bedsores, urinary tract infections, circulatory disorders, and mental health disorders such as depression.

It is important to help your loved one with exercises and position change a couple of times throughout the day to prevent pressure sores. Also, regular exercise and occupational therapy can prevent circulatory disease.

Help your loved one learn to take care of their bladder to prevent urinary tract infections. Encourage them to work with their doctor and other health professionals to develop bowel management that will help regulate the person’s bowel movements.

Encourage your loved ones to express their emotions, grieve, and seek help with coping if they need it.

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