Strategies & Initiatives

SCI Action Strategy 

The Strategy began in 2009 with a plan to bring “stakeholders” – people living with SCI and those who provide them with care and services – from around Alberta together to create a plan to address some of the serious issues faced by Albertans with spinal cord injuries.  

There were several steps to this approach that involved a lot of consultation and collaboration:

Step one

Identify the constellation of problems that limit quality of life for people with SCI; conduct a literature review.

Step two

Narrow the focus to a list of three priority issues (affordable accessible housing, home care/attendant care, and adaptive equipment and devices);

Step three

Develop action oriented strategies to attack the identified issues;

Step four

Implement strategies.

An Evaluation of Supportive Housing Models

In communities across Alberta, the need for a range of accessible housing with supports provided is great and growing. This project aims to provide communities with information and next steps to help initiate local supportive housing projects.

We have examined existing models in Alberta and elsewhere and identified several characteristics of effective, innovative models that could be replicated. The plan is to share this information with communities, along with a template for a business case and guidelines on how to take the business case to the next level.

Our goal is to build capacity for future growth in supportive housing that meets the unique needs of people with SCI and similar physical disabilities so that they can continue to live in the community of their choice.

A Residential Accessibility Assessment Tool

Best Practices Research into Catheter Use

There is an ongoing debate about whether, and under what conditions, reusing catheters contributes to a higher incidence of bladder infections. This project will look at what current research says about this topic and what Alberta clinicians generally recommend.

The findings will be used to develop two brochures on the prevention and treatment of bladder infections, a protocol paper and an algorithm that suggests the preferred course of action in treating bladder infections.

Feedback and Evaluation

Each year, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta conducts a survey of its clients to gather their feedback on the quality and impact of the services they have received. We have now divided the survey into four very short sections and you can choose which section applies to you. The information you provide is very important as it helps SCI Alberta to improve existing programs, scale back those that may have less value or impact, and design new ones.