Suddenly everything changes  your accident or illness can turn the lives of your relatives upside down. Nothing is quite as it was before.

You, too, are bound to get caught up in their concerns. Forced to come to terms with the accident, you must now examine its impact on your own life, as well as on your relationships. Perspectives for a new way of life must be developed and explored.

We at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre provide you with support during this process, and whenever possible, open new doors. One-to-one discussions are vitally important – for you and for us. We’re here to talk whenever you like – you'll find our contact information on the bottom of this page.

  • Accompanied from Day One 

    Specially-trained professionals (including patient support staff, counsellors, psychologists, nurses and therapists) are on hand to make sure you feel right at home at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC). You may also wish to talk to a “peer counsellor relative” (the relative of someone with spinal cord injury). If so, you can choose between professional and peer-based support. Please contact the ward manager for more information.


    As a relative, you may sometimes find yourself spending a lot of time waiting. Our library is the perfect place to read, talk or just enjoy a moment of downtime. Come in and have a look around; we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

    Library catalogue:

    Opening hours:

    Monday to Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, 2 – 5 pm

    One-on-one time

    Longing for some one-on-one time with your relative? We can arrange for you to spend a set period of time with your loved one, provided of course that their condition allows for it.

    Please contact the patient’s ward manager for more information.


    Training courses/Informational sessions

    Your relative will be accompanied by an expert team throughout their entire stay at the SPC. SPC doctors, nurses and therapists are committed to providing patients with all the information they need. You too can take advantage of their know-how.

    The SPC offers training courses and informational sessions which will be available to you both during the rehabilitation process and after your relative is discharged.

    See the “Para Know-how” brochure for all the offers which might be of interest to you as a relative.

    Download brochures (in German)

  • The relatives of patients can benefit from special rates on overnight accommodation at the Hotel Sempachersee, which is located just steps away from the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC). All rooms are wheelchair accessible and can be reserved directly via the hotel reception.


    Hotel Sempachersee
    Tel: +41 41 939 23 23

Hotel room and car park prices for relatives (in German)

Medical information for relatives

Please note that in accordance with adult protection law, we may only provide information to relatives if authorised to do so by patients with sufficient mental capacity to make medical decisions. For patients lacking the required mental capacity, information will be conveyed to the patient’s authorised representative, as well as to the patient’s relatives if authorised by the latter.

Head of Peer Support

Contact person for the counselling of relatives

Para Know-how for paraplegics and their relatives (in German)

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