SHORT HILLS, N.J., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with paralysis, has created four new videos that feature informative information on different aspects of health and real-life situations while living with paralysis. The videos can be found on the Foundation’s YouTube channel, which also features personal stories, wheelchair reviews, new technology available, and many more.
The newest videos include:
Bowel Maintenance: A significant part of living a healthy life after paralysis is having a proper bowel management program, which reduces the risk of incontinence, constipation and other GI problems. It is important to start a bowel management program immediately after being injured. This video will show you what steps to take to establish a routine and equipment to use for a healthier, more independent lifestyle.
Autonomic Dysreflexia: Caused by a harmful stimulus below the point of injury, Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) is a hyperactive reflex. Symptoms include but are not limited to muscle spasticity, bowel impaction, blood pressure spike, stuffy nose and/or having a flushed face. These symptoms can arise quick and are important to watch for. This video points out potential causes and prevention of AD.
Emergency Preparedness: Disaster could strike at any time without warning. In order to get through it efficiently, you need to have a plan. An escape plan should include exits to your house, supplies to survive if trapped inside or on the road, clear communication with caregiver and response teams of your needs, and knowledge of the shelters you could take refuge in. Learn about what supplies you would want to have at the ready, and what to keep in a packed bag.
Bladder Management: Catheter care is an important part of living a healthy life. There are three main types of catheterization: Intermittent, Indwelling, and the Condom option for men. Watch our video to learn how these types of catheters work and how to prevent UTIs and other health issues.
About the Reeve Foundation:
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002). For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.
SOURCE Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation