Sargood on Collaroy is a world-first resort, purpose-built for people living with a spinal cord injury as a place to refresh, learn and connect.
Our beautiful facility overlooking Collaroy Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches, provides people with a spinal cord injury and their families with much needed respite, refreshment and relaxation. It is also a place of learning, where guests can gain the confidence and skills that empower them to live full and rewarding lives.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
Every year, 300 Australians sustain an injury where their spinal cord is damaged. It can happen to anyone. The injury interrupts nerve signals between the brain and body. The physical impact is permanent, life changing and can involve pain and paralysis. More than 50% of spinal cord injuries are from motor vehicle accidents. A further 28 per cent are due to falls. 15–24 year olds are the largest group suffering spinal cord trauma but there is also an increase in injuries to people in their mid-40s.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two overarching types of spinal cord injury. Paraplegia is paralysis (a varying loss of sensation and movement) in the lower part of the body—the legs and part or all of the trunk. Tetraplegia is paralysis in the arms, legs and most or all of the trunk. Every injury is different and there may be a degree of movement or sensation remaining.
Learning new skills and re-building confidence can be key to moving forward with a rewarding and independent life after spinal cord injury. These vary from person to person and will depend on the level of injury. Some of these key skills on the road to independence may include:
- Physical rehabilitation
- Dealing with emotional impacts, confidence and self-esteem
- Managing relationships
- Learning to use new technologies and tools
- Developing routines to live independently
- Moving back to an adapted home
- Gaining new skills for working life
- Connecting with the community
- Peer to peer learning
A key function of Sargood on Collaroy is to also operate as a place of learning for people with a spinal cord injury. We employ specialist staff including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Clinical Nurse Educators in order to help guests discover equipment, techniques and strategies to maximise their ability for independent participation in everyday activities.
Sargood on Collaroy are dedicated to helping people achieve these life goals whilst offering accessible holidays, short-term accommodation and respite services.
To book a stay with us at Sargood on Collaroy, please complete a Booking Form. For more information on funding Short Term Accommodation and Respite, click here, phone us on +61 2 8597 0600 or email: email@example.com.