Helping Others Understand a Brain Injury
It pains you to see your loved one struggle with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). You want to help him or her in any way possible, but you just don’t know what to do. Due to your profound sense of empathy and love for this person, you may feel overwhelmed by the task. Your greatest fear at the moment is that your support is inadequate.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Your presence alone helps a lot. By showing your loved one you truly care, you are doing wonders for his or her mental and emotional health. However, you want to assist in other ways and make your loved one as comfortable as possible without overstepping your boundaries. The recommendations below will help you care for your loved one once he or she has returned home:
Restore Structure and Normalcy
- Establish and maintain a daily routine.
- Make sure all the items your loved one needs are within easy reach.
- Let him or her rest often.
- Involve him or her in family activities and conversation even if he or she cannot speak.
- Keep a calendar of activities visible on the wall and cross off days as they pass.
- Keep a photo album with labeled pictures of family members, friends, and familiar places.
Be Considerate and Respectful
- Don’t express overly optimistic sentiments on a frequent basis, but do point out every gain your loved one has made since the onset of the injury.
- Don’t talk down to him or her.
- Respect his or her likes and dislikes regarding food, fashion, entertainment, and so on.
- Avoid admonishing him or her for small accidents and mistakes.
- If your loved one has memory issues, explain an activity in simple terms before you begin and review each step in more detail as you go.
- Allow only a few visitors at a time.
- Don’t speak over each other.
- Use simple language.
- Keep your voice soft and calm.
- Present only one thought or command at a time and wait patiently for a response.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Keep stimulation to one sense (hearing, sight, and touch) at a time.
For more advice, talk to the therapists and nurses providing care. They can instruct you on ways to be of further help to your loved one, whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally.
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