Traumatic brain injuries often impact those who suffer them, as well as their families. According to the California Department of Rehabilitation, approximately 1.7 million people suffer new traumatic brain injuries each year across the U.S. The effects of such harm may last days, weeks or the rest of people’s lives.
Due to the impairments that often occur due to TBIs, those who suffer them commonly rely on others for assistance. Using these tips may assist family members who find themselves in the position of caregivers to best help their loved ones.
Establish a routine
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, when caring for a loved one with TBI, creating a routine sometimes helps. For example, this may include pre-planning the day’s activities and using a calendar to help keep daily tasks organized. Having routines sometimes aids with knowing what to expect from one day to the next, as well as with memory issues.
People living with TBIs often have decreased energy levels over the course of the day. As caregivers, anticipating fatigue and preparing for it aids many in accomplishing important tasks, such as attending doctor appointments. It may also help people avoid overwhelming their loved ones.
Keep instructions simple
Traumatic brain injuries sometimes slow or otherwise affect people’s brain functions, affecting their abilities to multi-task or take in large amounts of information. To avoid discouraging or overwhelming their loved ones, caregivers may find it helpful to give instructions one step at a time.
Those with TBIs often need lifelong assistance and care, from their families and from medical professionals. Therefore, people who suffer such injuries in motor vehicle accidents or due to other such causes may consider options for recovering much-needed compensation for their injury-associated losses.