Housing Needs After A Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries are life changing in many ways, but one of the most fundamental changes for a spinal cord injury victim is the change it has on one’s housing needs due to resulting accessibility issues.

Survivors of spinal cord injuries face many changes in life. While many of these changes will be faced initially in the hospital, the trip to the victim’s home will lead to many new challenges. Home modifications for survivors of spinal cord injury can help the individual to gain independence as he or she learns to live with the life changes.

Housing modifications after a spinal cord injury usually require thousands of dollars in investment. Unfortunately this often exceeds the amount that SCI survivors have on hand. The best option in these cases is to seek mortgage financing allowing these types of home modifications.

One of the Massachusetts mortgage lenders most familiar with these types of mortgage is Eastern Mortgage Services. Take advantage of EMS’ expert mortgage knowledge of rehabilitation loans (including Mass Housing loans (www.massaffordablehomeloan.com) and the HARP Program for underwater mortgages) and satisfy your needs for a Connecticut mortgage, Florida mortgage, New Hampshire mortgage, Rhode Island mortgage or Washington state mortgage to complete your home modifications.

The exact modifications that need to be made to assist the occupant will depend greatly on the type of injury sustained. Quadriplegics will need far more assistance than paraplegics will. The quadriplegic may need microphone activated controls for devices that the paraplegic can activate with the hands.

There are many things that persons who do not have this type of injury take for granted that can be a major challenge for a person confined to a wheel chair. The single step up from the walk into the front door is a major challenge. Ramps can be installed to allow for independent maneuvering with the wheelchair from a vehicle into the home. If the home has multiple levels or there are several stairs leading to the entry, there may be the need for a lift to be installed.

In the bedroom, a lift that allows the patient to easily be transported from the wheelchair into the bed can allow independent movement for the survivor of an injury. The television may need to be mounted high on the wall for optimal viewing from the bed.

Showers may need modification to remove barriers that would not allow the survivor to enter the area. Tubs can often be removed and replaced with a wheelchair friendly shower enclosure. Fold away doors under cabinets can allow the wheelchair to roll under the counter for easier access. Leaver type faucets are easier to operate that knobs.

There are many other modifications that can help the spinal cord injury survivor be more independent in life.  And independence can help to battle the depression that often follows such injuries.  For more information on recommended home modifications and spinal cord injury peer support, please visit www.apparelyzed.com.

Welcome to the National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline


The National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline was a nonprofit, toll-free information and referral service that was established in 1984 and operated through 2000 before losing its funding from the Paralysis Society of America. The hotline received calls from people who had sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) resulting in paralysis. Members of their families and health care providers were also encouraged to call for support.

The Hotline helped people with paraplegia and quadriplegia find answers that allowed them to live more independent lives. The Hotline guided individuals and families through the bewildering array of questions they faced after a paralyzing injury. Questions answered ranged from therapeutic programs to home modifications, from medical equipment to sports and recreation.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline is now encouraging those that need help with spinal cord injuries to contact the NSCIA Helpline at 800-962-9629 which is operated by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.


The heartbeat of the National SCI Hotline was a nationwide network of volunteers who shared their knowledge and experience of SCI. The Hotline refered callers who had concerns about their injury and local resources to a peer contact in their geographic area who could offer assistance and support. Over 800 individuals were available across the country at one time to share their insights on SCI.


The National Spinal Cord Injury Hotline was financially supported by the Paralysis Society of America before losing its funding. We wish to sincerely thank the PSA for their support throughout the years.