About the Site
The information on this website can be used in many different ways,
depending on your interest. Here are just a few examples of how you
might use it:
- Learn something new: There are 46 topics covered on this
website, from "Access to Health Care" to "When the Unexpected Happens."
The topics are grouped into seven sections:
There are also two different articles covering each topic: a simpler, introductory
article, which is broken into bite-sized chunks; and a more detailed,
in-depth article, with more medical language. Choose whichever you
prefer. If you're reading the simpler article and wish to go into more
depth, click on the 'Read in more detail about this subject' link that's
shown on the left hand side of the screen. If you'd like to go back,
click on the 'Read the basics about this subject' link. You can read
through any of the titles that interest you to learn about areas you
would like to know more about. Pick any title. Go in any order. Read
some today, and more another day. It's up to you! Links on this site to
articles look like this.
- About Pressure Ulcers
- Doctors and Health Care
- Caring For the Body
- Coping With Life
- Living Well
- Home, Work and Environment
- Emotions and Feelings
- Find out what someone else did: Perhaps you'd prefer to read
about the 20 people with spinal
cord injuries who helped with the project. If you're reading an
article which refers to one of the participants, you can also follow a
link to a page all about them, and then find out which other articles
are relevant to their story. Seeing how someone else experienced a
particular topic, and what happened to them, might be helpful to
you. Links on this site to information about the project participants
look like this.
- Prepare questions for your doctor or therapist: Reading
through this website might bring up areas that you have not yet talked
about with your doctor or other health care professional. Use the
website to make a list of questions to ask your doctor. Together, you
can come up with the best way to take care of your health.
- Map a strategy: Are you interested in changing something
about your daily activities? This website can help you learn about how
other people with spinal cord injuries have been successful in taking
care of their health, and also about some of the ways that they have run
into trouble. Take the information you read here to your doctor or
therapist and, together, map a new strategy for doing your daily
activities or taking action to prevent pressure ulcers.
- Share information: Is there someone in your life who would
like to get more information about living with spinal cord injuries, or
about preventing pressure ulcers? Let them know about this website.
Tell them what you learned from reading it.
- Become the teacher: Once you have educated yourself, why not
share what you have learned with your partner, friends and family, or
your co-workers? They may not know very much about spinal cord injury,
or might have thought it would be uncomfortable or rude to ask
questions. Research has shown that even one hour-long meeting or talk to
an individual or a group about disabilities can be enough to increase
their knowledge and improve their attitudes toward people with
disabilities. Use the facts on this website to tell other people about
pressure ulcers and other health issues.
- Get more information from the Internet: You will find that
each article on this website ends with a list of related website addresses.
If you like to use the Internet, these addresses can help you to find
reliable and interesting websites, some of which are in Spanish. Links
on this site to other websites look like
- Your way: Whatever way you choose to use this guide will
work just fine. It is a guide that is ready to be used by many
different people in many different ways. Your own way is the best