Whether caused by a car accident, injury or fall, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can carry a wide variety of side effects. The impact of TBI can vary greatly from person to person as well. While one may experience difficulty speaking, another may have trouble walking. It's important for healthcare providers to help families find solutions for the potential challenges TBI patients may need to overcome at home.
Brain injury patients will undoubtedly receive comprehensive care in the hospital, but the recovery process is not over once they return home. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAUSA), TBI victims may experience problems with planning their day, recalling information and staying on task. For others who sustained damage to their frontal lobe, physical limitations may come into play that make activities of daily living difficult and increase the risk of a fall. Some TBI patients may also experience feelings of depression, anxiety and anger.
Caregivers can help patients and family members overcome these challenges. For starters, home caregivers can provide round-the-clock observation so family members can be offered some peace of mind knowing their loved one will be cared for should his or her condition suddenly change. Additionally, trained professionals can assist with everything from meal preparation to homemaking for TBI patients who may have lost some mobility.