How to Care for a Loved One with a Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and/or deaths each year due to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The frequency with which TBIs occur means that more than just the injured party are affected. Often, the entire family must serve as caregivers to help manage the stress, anger, depression, and severe emotional distress that their loved one with a TBI experiences following a serious accident. Our lawyers at Scarlett Law Group are familiar with the many issues families have to contend with when a loved one sustains a TBI, which is why we want to give you helpful tips for caring for someone with a TBI.
Caring for a Loved One in a Coma
TBI can sometimes leave a person in a coma. If your loved one is in a total non-responsive coma or is minimally conscious, then you should heed the following tips:
- When you visit your loved one, you need to allow them enough time to rest between your visits.
- Don’t bring too many people in when you visit. Too many visitors can overwhelm your loved one.
- Use a normal tone of voice when talking to your loved one.
- Remind your loved one of the date and where they are at.
- Try to talk about familiar events when you speak to your loved one
- Even if your loved one is unconscious, assume they can hear what you are saying. So don’t say anything you wouldn’t want them to hear when you are within earshot.
Caring for a Loved One During TBI Rehabilitation
If your loved one is going through rehabilitation after sustaining a TBI, they may be confused and easily agitated. The following tips can help you get through the rehabilitation process:
- Do your best to provide your loved one with a calm and quiet environment.
- Eliminate or decrease extra noise, such as television or loud music.
- When speaking to your loved one, use simple, short sentences.
- If your loved one is easily agitated, do your best not to argue with them. Confusion and agitation are expected after a TBI.
- Make sure you give your loved one plenty of time to get the rest they need.
Tracking Injury & Recovery Details
Your loved one's recovery journey will take time, which is why it is important to track their injury progress and write down any questions you have. Follow these tips to keep track of important details regarding your loved ones TBI:
- Use Notebooks: You should keep one notebook for important phone numbers, one for doctor appointments, and another for your questions.
- Choose a spokesperson: Appoint one family member to take notes and provide daily updates.
- Learn about TBI: Although it might seem like a daunting task, you should take the time to research and learn what you can about your loved one’s TBI. The more you learn, the better you can help manage their situation.
Do you have more questions about caring for a loved one with a TBI? Do you need help recovering compensation for a TBI? If so, call us today at (415) 688-2176 to set up your free case consultation with an experienced lawyer at our firm.