March: Brain Injury Awareness Month 

Bringing Brain Injury Care Home 

March 10, 2022

Caring for a family member with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be one of the most stressful and life-altering events. Given TBIs accidental or sudden nature, like accidents, falls, or even violence, the patient and their families are thrust into a health nightmare for which no one can ever prepare.

The needs of family caregivers are highest while they prepare to bring the TBI survivor back home and those first few months of adjusting to a ‘new normal.’

Once the patient has been discharged from the hospital, families are faced with caring for their loved ones whose injuries can have cascading effects for months and years to come. Well-meaning family members usually buckle under the emotional and physical strain of single-handedly providing care; some may even face losing their income as they juggle providing daily care and work demands. It’s always a tough call.

The stress levels can be so high that the well-being of the caregiver and family members affects their ability and willingness to care for the injured person. Most family caregivers lack the skills to deal with and provide TBI care.

Caregivers often need additional information and emotional support as they struggle to adapt to the changes in their life. Sole family caregivers usually feel lonelier and detached, mainly because their entire lives now only focus on the person with TBI. Without enough support, caregivers feel cut off from the community and trapped in a loop of worry and stress.

To prevent this, families struggling to care for a loved one with TBI should get as much help as is possible. In addition to sticking to appointments and frequent contact with the TBI survivor’s attendant physicians, they could also consider filling the gaps with home health care.

Having either a certified nurse or even a home health aide can fill several care gaps daily.

A certified nurse with TBI experience can educate the family on caring for TBI survivors and prepare family members for long-term care responsibilities. At Andrea’s Angels, our Independent Living Skills Training focuses specifically on clients who have suffered a traumatic or acquired brain injury.

Most relatives discover that in addition to the physically debilitating effects of TBIs, their loved one’s demeanor and communication can also deteriorate. The person you know and love may not be the same.

We help our clients through this challenging time by assisting the patients to become independent again. Our Colorado Transition Coordination Services program and Independent Living Skills Program align with the Colorado TCS-ILST Program. We are equipped and happy to help TBI survivors rejoin the community that loves them.

Inviting an Andrea’s Angel aide into your home can relieve some family burdens. Our care providers and homemakers are dedicated to helping clients with everyday tasks like dressing, personal hygiene, and meal preparation while the family takes some downtime outside the home. They can also assist in running errands like shopping and laundry that lighten the load.

The road to TBI recovery or finding a new normal is long and winding; for the patients and their families, identifying and securing quality help beforehand is not only an intelligent decision but one made out of love. 

Learn more  about our ILST Services