05 | SCI in Older Persons
I felt relatively healthy before the aneurysm and the spinal cord injury. I didn’t have any sense of a problem that would require an operation, so I was quite surprised when it came up. There was no discomfort; I wasn’t disabled. I did get a little tired while working. Of course, I thought this was just my age.
Based on the assessment results an ICF Categorical Profile of Mr. Meier's functioning status was created. See table 2. An ICF Categorical Profile is a visual display of ICF categories that reflect these assessment results as well as the goals i.e. global goal, service-program goal and three cycle goals, that Mr. Meier and his rehabilitation team mutually agreed upon.
Mr. Meier’s rehabilitation team included his physician, a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist and social worker. Each team member was assigned to corresponding intervention targets that had been determined during the assessment phase.
I didn’t achieve as much as I wanted to. I still can’t walk!
Mr. Meier at the end of his Rehab-Cycle®
Despite the complications that arose, Mr. Meier was able to make progress in his Rehab-Cycle®, achieving two of his three cycle goals: mobility and general health status. This was clearly seen during the evaluation phase.
Spinal cord injury (SCI) has a devastating and traumatic impact on all those it affects. An older person with SCI can present unique challenges within a rehabilitation setting. These persons bring a variety of age-related problems as well as resources that can greatly influence the rehabilitation process. Mr. Meier’s case is a good illustration of rehabilitation in older persons with SCI.
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