Long Term Care
The cost of brain injury is multi-faceted affecting finances, physical and cognitive well-being, as well emotional stability. It affects the whole person. The cost of care for brain injury, therefore, is not limited to the physical care alone, though it is quite costly in and of itself.
Brain injury affects not only the victim but their family as well. The ramifications and challenges can seem daunting; the roles and the relationships of family members can change, and their needs are often overlooked.
Rehabilitation aims to help the brain learn alternative ways of working in order to minimize the long-term impact of the brain injury. Rehabilitation also helps the survivor and the family to cope successfully with any remaining disabilities.
Care costs for brain injury can include not only the medical bills from the hospital in which the individual is initially stabilized and treated but also the cost of long term care for the individual which includes the cost of the various providers and clinicians who care for the individual (physicians, nurses, rehabilitative therapists, etc.), rehabilitation at all stages, neurological and psychological evaluations and treatments, medications, as well as various other non-medical care costs. With the overwhelming and possibly devastating cost of care for brain injury, individuals and families need to be informed and alert in the financial realm of the care for brain injury.
Just as each person is unique, so is each brain injury, in both its severity and its effects. Physical changes, impaired learning and effects on personality are common. From the time of admission to the hospital, the plan of care for the injured should be individualized, based on that individual’s specific needs.
Additionally, beginning at the time of admission, one of the primary goals of the care team is the recovery of the individual, therefore planning for discharge should begin at the time of admission to the hospital.
Long term care for brain injury, specifically rehabilitation services, provides a critical portion of the individual’s chance at achieving maximum recovery, therefore, intentional and careful selection of the service providers is a vital first step toward recovery.
Literally hundreds of options exist in the area of long term care for brain injury including rehabilitation programs and services. Because of the vast quantity of selections to consider, the individual’s family and/or decision makers need to be informed.
Questions should be asked. Options should be researched. Everything should be collected and documented in writing. The lives, futures, finances and well-beings of the individual as well as their family and close friends are at stake with any long term care decisions made. All affected individuals involved should be involved.