Caring for someone with a brain injury
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, their life and those of their loved ones are changed forever. If you are responsible for caring for somebody with a brain injury, you will face a variety of challenges but with the right information and support, you can meet every challenge and be there for the people who need you most.
Brain injuries do not simply affect the individual; they affect whole networks of family and friends. Of course, some of us are required to shoulder more responsibility than others.
The severity of a brain injury can differ greatly from one instance to the next but in many cases, the relatives of the injured party are required to make considerable changes to their everyday life. Some become part time or full time carers.
However you are affected by a brain injury to a friend or relative, one of the most important things that you can do is talk about your situation.
Moore Blatch brain injury solicitors have more than 30 years of experience in working closely with the loved ones of an injured party. In addition to providing the best possible legal advice and representation, we connect people with specialist medical experts, case managers, support workers and, in some instances, fellow carers. In appropriate cases we will arrange the support of professional carers.
Often the best support, for somebody caring for a relative with a brain injury, is somebody else in a similar situation.
How do I care for someone with a brain injury?
There are a number of stages in the care process:
The early stages after a brain injury
Often the aftermath of a brain injury will be spent in hospital. It is an equally frightening and frustrating time; particularly as you are unlikely to have experienced anything like it before, however, help is available.
As a primary carer, your role will not only be to ensure that the injury sufferer has everything they need but also to ensure that any young children who are directly affected by the injury have the help that they need. A brain injury is even harder for small children to understand and they will require help to understand and adjust to the injured person’s situation.
Once they are medically stable to do so, and physical or external injuries have been treated, many brain injury patients will be discharged from hospital, although there are still many challenges ahead.
At this point, your responsibilities as a care provider are likely to be even more important. Depending upon the severity of the injury, residential care is available but in other cases, a person living with a brain injury will need support home.
This can be particularly difficult early on as you adjust to your role as caregiver and the person having suffered a brain injury adjusts to their new way of life. They are likely to undergo a program of rehabilitation and you may be required to participate in this.
You may also have to prepare for a Carer’s Assessment to ensure that you are fit to provide the support that your loved one’s need.
Often, traumatic brain injuries have life-long consequences, meaning that you will be required to provide support for the injured person throughout their life. In spite of this, it is important that you continue to have some form of normality throughout your life.
Family relationships can be changed forever by a brain injury and close relationships can be challenged by the weight of responsibility, and the change in personality and behaviour which are common consequences of a brain injury. It is important to make time to maintain these relationships and ensure that all parties affected by a long term injury have the support they need.
What’s more, maintaining your interests, education or training and retaining some form of social life will not just help you but also the person you are caring for. Staying healthy and seeking a degree of care for you is absolutely essential.
Caring for somebody with a brain injury can be difficult but it is not a challenge that you have to take up alone. Call Moore Blatch Solicitors today for the legal advice and practical support you need.