7.13. Family & Significant Others
It is important to assess and respond to the impact of the SCI/D on the Veteran's family and significant others. Many families need ongoing support regarding the changes in their lifestyles because of the Veteran's injury. SCI Social Workers are available to support and assist families of Veterans with SCI/D. Support groups for spouses and families are beneficial. Arrangements for respite care may be needed, especially where the family member is a full-time caregiver. Adult day care or temporary caregiver services may be used.