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Adaptive Tools for Independence with a Spinal Cord Injury

November 27, 2019

There are a wide variety of tools and adaptive equipment that can make a big difference in the day-to-day life of people living with paralysis or limited hand function. Many tools can be made at home or purchased online and can help you or your loved one live a more empowered and independent life. Our series produced with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Adaptive Tools for Independence, focuses on four initial topics: Bladder Management Tools for Men and for Women, Bowel Management Tools, and Cooking Tools. All videos are included below, plus additional Craig resources to help you learn more!

Bladder Management Tools for Men and for Women



In addition to tools, we have an introductory video on bladder management. Not sure what the urinary tract system is? Learn more in our explanatory video. In the case of complications, we have a video resource available with advice, information on urinary tract infections, and a resource on purple urine bag syndrome. Lastly, don't forget to stay hydrated!

Bowel Management Tools


For more information on bowel management, check out our introductory video in our Resource Library. You can also learn about bowel programs for people with an upper motor neuron injury or a lower motor neuron injury, and how to get the right consistency in a bowel program. For bowel problems, we have a resource guide for that, too.

Cooking Tools


In addition to cooking tools that help you put your meal together, we also have suggestions on keeping a healthy diet. Check out our resource on being careful about how much fat you include in your diet.