The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has now joined hands with Craig Hospital to introduce and working on a new video series named “Adaptive Tools for Independence.” This is an informative video series, which would highlight the functional tools, and adaptive equipment available for paralysis patients or those with limited activity.
Such limited motion hinders in many routine activities i.e. cooking, bladder care, etc. These small activities are a part of initial videos and it would further include housekeeping, dressing guide, hair styling, and basic makeup in more episodes.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is working on serving people with spinal cord injury. It funds new research that works on improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. It helps hem by means of grants, information, and advocacy.
The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program by Reeve Foundation. It receives its funding through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PRRC0002-02-01).
Craig Hospital, situated in Englewood, Colorado, is an international level hospital and research center, which works for the betterment of people who are living with a spinal cord and/or a brain injury. It is a private, not-for-profit healthcare facility which facilitates indoor and outdoor patients, rehabilitation services, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term clinical follow-up aids.
It is ranked in the top 10 rehabilitation centers by U.S. News and World Report for the last 29 years consecutively.
The purpose of this new video series is to explain how to perform these daily tasks with little or no assistance. All the tools featured in these videos are also available online or at local stores. Diane Reinhard, the vice president of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Craig Hospital says that;
“We are proud to partner with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation on the Adaptive Tools for Independence video series.” He is hopeful that this video guide series would help people living with paralysis to live an independent life.
Some of the topics that these videos would cover are as follows.
- Cooking tips and tools– this video showcases people with cervical spinal cord injuries using adaptive tools to help in preparing and eating food.
- Bowel management care and tools– this is a very personal matter but people with limited mobility need assistance in bowel management as well. The new video series highlights how a person with paralysis can use adaptive equipment to take care of it. The simple tools in this video are available online. Gradual use of these tools minimizes dependence and assistance from a therapist or attendant.
- Bladder care and hygiene for women– managing a full bladder is extremely problematic and requires assistance. These videos will explain to women with limited hand function that how can they manage their bladder and feminine hygiene. The tools used in this video are simple household items that are mostly available at house or can be purchased from local stores.
- Bladder care and tools for men– A similar video for men living with cervical level spinal cord injuries on how to manage their personal hygiene and bladder needs is also a part of the series.
This partnership between Craig Hospital and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will bring a change in the paralyzed patients community. Both of these are working on a goal to educate the medically dependent people and help them feel a sense of freedom again.
This whole video series can be found on YouTube at Reeve Foundation’s and Craig Hospital’s channels.