When a person sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI), not only is the victim affected but also the entire family. Caregivers of people who have suffered from a TBI experience feelings of burden, distress, anxiety, anger and depression.
Are you caring for a significant other, child, relative or close friend with TBI? Being a caretaker for someone with TBI can be a stressful situation. It’s important that you become aware of the stresses and take action to care for your well-being so you are able to provide optimum TBI support. Becoming educated about TBI and its effects, as well as finding a support group, can make a great difference in managing your responsibilities as a caretaker.
The Immediate Aftermath of TBI
The first days, weeks and months following a TBI can be a difficult time. You are likely spending a lot of time in the intensive care unit (ICU), surrounded by unfamiliar lifesaving technology and different doctors and nurses. The TBI patient may have a good day of progress followed by a few setbacks. You may feel as if the road to recovery will never come to an end.
During this time, ask other family members and friends to help with chores around the house while you stay at the hospital. Some chores you can get help with include laundry, meal prep, mowing the lawn, carpool, watching small children and taking care of pets. Don’t forget to look after yourself as well. Enlist the help of trusted family and friends to take your place in the hospital so you can get some much needed rest at home.
Once the TBI patient is medically stable, they usually begin a rehabilitative regimen. The patient may not be fully aware of the effect of his or her injuries until he or she resumes normal routines, such as personal care, causing them to become increasingly agitated during this time. This stage of recovery can be frightening for family members, but this change in behavior is a positive sign that the brain is starting to recover. Make sure that you and the family provide support to help ease the TBI patient through this period.
Managing TBI at Home
When the TBI patient returns home, it doesn’t mean that your family member will resume life as it was before. You may still have many unanswered questions: Will the person be able to return to work or school and when? How will the family regain some sense of normalcy? No family is ever prepared for all of the challenges that accompany the life changes a TBI causes. Family roles may be redefined and financial circumstances can become a burden. Brain injury can be a life-altering event. Support and information may help a family in understanding how to make informed decisions about life with a brain injury.
Enlist the Help of Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in North Carolina
Are you caring for someone who recently endured a TBI in an accident or another circumstance outside of his or her control? Get the just compensation they deserve for their suffering. The attorneys at Hardee & Hardee have successfully represented numerous victims of TBI in Pitt County and the surrounding areas. Our attorneys have the compassion, resources, and experience to fight for the rights of individuals with TBI. Call Hardee & Hardee at 252-787-465 for a free initial consultation. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure a successful outcome for your case. Don’t wait. Get in touch today.