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5 Tips for caring for your loved one with brain injury.

November 14, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Brain injuries can cause a variety of changes in an individual from dramatic physical impairments to much more subtle personality shifts. There is a lot of focus on the patient, but the caregivers need attention as well. Here are 5 tips to help you cope with the challenges that you may face.

  • Educate yourself as much as possible about the brain injury that you are dealing with. Your doctor, the internet, and groups such as the BIAAWW can be invaluable sources of information.
  • Keeping a routine is very important for both of you in your day to day lives.  There is a great deal of comfort to be had in knowing what happens when, and how, and where. It also makes your life easier.
  • If medications are prescribed for behavior issues - particularly anger management; don't be afraid to use them. If you have concerns about their side effects or their efficacy then speak with the prescribing physician/psychiatrist about dosage or changing medications.
  • Remember that recovery from brain injury can take a very long time. You are in a marathon, not a sprint, and you have to be patient with yourself and your loved one.
  • Keep your sense of humour, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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