Taking Care of Yourself: When you arrive at the hospital, please ask if you would like to be shown around the NSIC in order to help familiarise yourself with the Centre. It is likely that you will be receiving a lot of information about SCI over the coming weeks and may naturally have many concerns about your relative during the early stages of their stay in hospital.
Meeting new people, getting used to the hospital environment, worrying about travelling and parking, as well as getting over the shock of your relative’s injury can sometimes feel overwhelming and draining. It is therefore important that you allow your friends and relatives to offer help whenever necessary and to also take care of yourself. This may mean trying to give yourself some rest whenever you can, finding ways of relaxing, eating regular and healthy meals and trying to take some exercise each day.
At the NSIC you will receive support from an experienced team of health professionals who will be looking after your relative. Whilst you are in the hospital, it may help to talk about your own feelings, either with close family and friends, or with staff members such as the family counsellor, a psychologist, a member of the chaplaincy team or another healthcare professional.