Living With Brain Injury
How will we cope? Where will we find the support to make it through? Often times the only thing that can appear more daunting than surviving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is enduring what can be a life-long recovery process and learning to cope with a life that is much different than before.
Whether as a survivor or a caregiver, it is important to understand the changes a brain injury survivor will experience in their life. These changes can be physical, behavioral and cognitive and have the ability to affect their work and relationships. They may have to try to relearn simple skills such as walking or talking with the end goal of being able to function independently at home and within the community. Care can become expensive – not just the cost of providing care but also the additional burden of going without insurance because of a job loss and the loss of income due to the inability to work.
"For those less fortunate, the overwhelming burden of caring for a brain injury survivor can be unimaginable."Without insurance or a monetary award from a lawsuit proving the responsibility of a third party during an accident, families often do not know where to turn for help. Fortunately there are charitable organizations and support groups who will lend a hand during tough financial times.
Throughout the recovery and ongoing care of a brain injury survivor, the family and caregiver needs are often forgotten. Individuals and families who are blessed with the instinct to care selfishly often forget their own personal needs and struggle financially and emotionally as a result. They need to remember they deserve help too and understand there are individuals and organizations that exist solely to provide support to caregivers.