As Brain Injury Awareness Month continues, it’s important to remember that brain injuries come in many different forms. Since each injury is unique, treatment and care post-injury can also be unique to a specific injury. However, there are a few core things to know and understand when caring for someone with a brain injury.
It’s a Family Issue
Though a brain injury may have been received by a single member of the household, the changes it can cause may affect the entire family. Brain injuries can completely change a family’s dynamic, depending on those affected. If it’s a parent older children may need to step in to help provide support for the family at home or even in the workforce. Sometimes a child may also mimic the brain injury symptoms their parent has shown. Regardless of the specific changes it elicits, a brain injury impacts the entire family.
Rest Is Crucial
When someone sustains a brain injury, rest is a pillar in their buildup to recovery. Rest means not only making sure the person injured gets enough sleep, but also takes it easy during the day. Physically and mentally demanding activities need to be avoided or kept to a minimum during recovery time to properly allow the brain to recover, rest, and heal. These activities should be slowly reintroduced after discussion with a physician so as to not put added strain on the brain.
Keep a Journal
Symptoms of a brain injury are diverse and can change quickly. Keep a journal of their daily symptoms to properly track changes that occur throughout the recovery process. This journal can also track successes and milestones in their recovery and may be beneficial to the specialists treating the injury. Journaling isn’t just for tracking progress, it’s also a great way for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and loved ones to express any emotions they are feeling as a result of the injury. This can help alleviate the stress that a brain injury causes to a family. Check out these helpful journaling tips.
Patience Is Necessary
When caring for someone who has sustained a brain injury, it’s important to remember that recovery takes time. In some instances, recovery may be a lifelong process where progress is slow to come. It’s easy for someone who has sustained a brain injury or their caregiver to become impatient but remember that healing takes time. While it may be easier said than done, having patience as a caregiver and spreading that mentality can tremendously impact someone’s outlook as they recover.
Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself
Being a caregiver is a selfless and time-consuming role to take on, especially when it’s for a loved one. While a caregiver tends to prioritize their patient, it’s important that caregivers also make sure they’re taking care of themselves. If a caregiver isn’t at their best physically, emotionally, and mentally it can be difficult to give their best to the person they’re caring for. Click here for additional tips for caregiver wellness.
Posted on March 5 2018 in Blog