Traumatic brain injury is a term that has gotten a lot more recognition in recent years thanks to the National Football League and its players who have shed light on lasting effects of head trauma. The Family Caregiver Alliance announced in 2015 that about two percent of the U.S. population lives with the effects of brain injury. In Louisiana, those who have family members or friends whom brain injuries have impacted may find the following information useful.
Caregivers of TBI victims have a special role to play in their recovery. A brain injury can be a scary event, and depending on how severe the trauma, it can also cause a disruption in the victim’s typical routine for weeks, months or years. What caregivers need to know, among other things, is to take the long view. The road to recovery may not be as quick as they hope, so thinking of the process as a marathon rather than a sprint can help those caring for the injured to be patient with the process.
They should also remember to take care of themselves. The Brain Injury Association of America offers the following tips for self-care when looking after someone with a brain injury:
Besides needing assistance with daily tasks and ordinary routines, the injured may also need to feel supported more than before the incident and may need a lot of reassurance that he or she can get through this.