How to help a loved one with a brain injury

If you know someone who has suffered a brain injury, you may be eager to know what you can do to help. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we know that every brain injury is unique and may require different approaches. With that in mind, there are some things you can do – and avoid doing – to assist your loved one.

One of the first steps, according to the Brain Injury Association, is to be part of the rehabilitation process to learn about what the brain injury victim may need. You might notice that the person struggles with remembering appointments or finding items around the home. The BIA reports that many people who have a brain injury benefit from living in an environment that is well-organized. For example, you could clearly label drawers and cabinets with their contents. Establishing a routine can also help the injured feel more comfortable with day-to-day activities.

Part of compassionate care will involve simply speaking to your loved one to learn about what they need. Brainline.org notes that asking detailed questions, such as what kind of housework needs to be done or what they need from the grocery store, can help. It is also important to avoid making statements that could adversely affect the injured, such as the following 

  •        “You seem fine.”
  •        “At least you are still alive.”
  •        “I’ll do that for you.”

Even if these are well-intentioned, Brainline.org points out that they could make someone with a brain injury feel embarrassed or ashamed. Instead, experts suggest that you do things to encourage independence when possible. Speak with your loved one’s caregiver or physician to determine ways that you can help.

In the event that the injury stemmed from an act of someone else’s negligence, there could be compensation available to cover the cost of medical treatment and rehabilitation. For more information on the legal steps available following a personal injury incident, please visit our page on negligence lawsuits.

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