Housing 2018-07-25T14:26:43-04:00


The home is one of the most critical environments in life, as adequate housing is critically fundamental for participating in education, employment, and social activities [1]. As such, a poor fit between individuals and their home can negatively impact health and quality of life (QoL) [2].

Housing needs are particularly concerning for individuals after spinal cord injury (SCI), as numerous home adaptations are often required to ensure autonomy, community integration and social participation. However, unsatisfactory living environments are among the 10 most commonly reported problems after SCI [3] and ~ 25% of Canadians living with SCI report that their housing needs are not met [4].

Adequate housing is critical for optimizing community integration, service delivery and social policy in SCI populations.   

However, unmet housing needs continue to have the potential to negatively affect several domains of quality of life after SCI.


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2. Caplan RD, Cobb S, French JRP, et al. Job demands and worker health. (Pub No. 75-168.) Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1975.

3. Rubinelli S, Glässel A, Branch M. From the person’s perspective: Perceived problems in functioning among individuals with spinal cord injury in Switzerland. J Rehabil Med 2016;48:235–243.

4. Noreau L, Noonan VK, Cobb J, Leblond J, Dumont FS. Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey: A national, comprehensive study to portray the lives of Canadians with spinal cord injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil 2014;20(4):249–264.