How Families Can Help a Brain Injured Loved One Recover — or At Least Improve
People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury need intensive therapy and support from family to recover to the best of their ability. For the best possible outcome, your injured loved one should be evaluated in his or her home environment. While brain scans and neurological examinations provide valuable information, this isn’t enough to form a complete picture. It is important to evaluate how the injured person interacts in normal life settings before forming treatment goals. Once your family member’s medical team has created a treatment plan, it is equally important to practice therapy goals in all settings.
As a family member or caregiver, you can expect the person who has suffered a brain injury to experience a wide range of emotions and behaviors. His or her world has been significantly altered, especially where independence is concerned. Tasks that used to be simple, such as personal grooming or getting dressed, may now require the assistance of a caregiver to complete. The injured person is likely to feel embarrassed and possibly even angry or depressed. You need to create a fine balance between feeling empathy for the individual while not tolerating inappropriate behavior. The longer you allow the injured person to lash out and refuse to cooperate, the more difficult his or her recovery will be. For further information on this matter, view this paper by Dr. Judith Falconer.
If your family member was injured due to the negligence of another party, the legal firm of Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer and Polen can help. While we can’t make the recovery period any easier for you or your loved one, we can assist you with filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Our attorneys are knowledgeable, passionate and ready to assist you with obtaining the financial compensation that your loved one deserves. We are located in Dyer, Indiana, and offer free initial consultations to all new clients. We look forward to meeting you and helping you through this difficult time.