Going back to work may seem like an impossible task in the early days after the onset of an SCI.
The potential loss of an existing job can be a devastating blow, not only to the injured person’s identity but also to their sense of worth and self-respect. In addition, there is the potential loss of a close working relationship with colleagues in the workplace.
However, many people do go back to work at a later stage, either to the same work or to another job within the company or they might have a career change or become self-employed. Having an SCI definitely doesn’t mean that a person will not be able to work again, but they may find that they need to go back to college to learn other skills.
Until the full extent of the injury is known and hospital rehabilitation has come to an end, it will be difficult to make concrete plans for a return to work. But your relative’s employers can do a great deal to encourage and reassure them that they have a future in employment. Your role may be to make an initial approach to the employer and open up a dialogue about the future.