This is a series of modules to help you better understand options for accessible housing after sustaining a spinal cord injury. If your clients or patients have a mobility related disability, these modules will give you an overview of things to consider in planning for accessible housing.
An Introduction to Housing after Spinal Cord Injury (10 min)
If your needs have changed after sustaining a spinal cord injury, you may need to re-evaluate your housing situation. Everyone’s needs in terms of housing are different, but there are things we all need to consider before looking at unique housing situations:
- Where do you want or need to live? Where is close enough to the services you require?
- Who is going to live with you?
- What are your needs in terms of physical accessibility and equipment?
- Do you need added support services? And if so, in what way?
Whether that means making adjustments to your current home or looking for a new one, we’re here to help you discover what some of your options are.
In this module we will cover a few things you need to consider in weighing your housing options. We will also look at what the term accessible can mean and we will walk through a basic outline of the options you may have regarding where to live. At the end we will briefly talk about attendant services and supportive housing.
Home Modifications (15 min)
When you are looking at returning home after sustaining a spinal cord injury, you may need to make some modifications to your home. These can be temporary or permanent, and can range from minor adjustments like doorknobs or removing carpeting to major construction projects like installing a lift or roll-in shower. Here we will look at some considerations for making home modifications as well as examples of modifications that can be made.
Home Modifications Slideshow (3 min)
This slideshow features photos of home modifications provided by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Peer Support volunteers. Topics include:
- Bathroom renovations – roll-in showers, roll-under sinks
- Bedroom renovations – lift and adjustable bed, lower closet, grab bar for sitting up, extended outlets
- Kitchen renovations – baskets and drawers for easier access, roll-under sink, breakfast bar and stovetop
- Doors and door handles – lever handles, automatic door opener
- Entrances – ramps and level entrances
About the Instructor
Spinal Cord Injury
Ontario is a leader in providing support, services and advocacy for and with people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. We have partnered with
rehab facilities and health care professionals for more than 70 years in support of our clients and in pursuit of our vision: people with spinal cord injuries living the life they choose in a fully inclusive Ontario.
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Cortree is your direct line to disability education. Curated by industry experts, our courses offer up-to-date information on topics that boost your confidence, competence and community.
Cortree is a social venture owned by the charity Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. We’ve developed Cortree with the help of our vibrant community members, people who get it, who know life with a disability inside out and are excited to share what they know with you. We’ve also worked with industry experts, health care pros, researchers, counsellors, disability specialists – professionals whose experience and expertise are built into every course you take.
We reached out to our community to find out exactly what topics are most important for people with disabilities and families. The answers? Choosing a Wheelchair. Pain Management. Sexual Health. Nutrition & Kitchen Accessibility. Vehicle Modification. These topics represent some of the many dynamic, interactive Cortree courses you’ll find to help improve or enhance your health and well-being. Look for more topics in the coming months to help you make your home accessible, stay healthy, get back to work, and live the life you choose.
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Home Modification Examples