Helping a loved one with a TBI

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2021 | Premises Liability |

Dangerous property conditions sometimes lead to accidents such as falls. As a result of falling from heights, people may suffer serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. For those with TBIs, as well as their loved ones, such trauma often has life-changing implications.

Whether the primary caregiver or a concerned family member or friend, there are things people can do that may help their loved ones with traumatic brain injuries.

Listen to the doctors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should encourage their loved ones to follow physician orders after suffering a TBI. If their loved ones cannot, they may ask for tips to help them recover. They should also get guidelines for their family members with TBIs to safely resume their daily activities.

Help with memories

According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, traumatic brain injuries often affect people’s memories. To aid in their recoveries, family members should review familiar information with them. For example, they should bring pictures of family, pets, their homes and their friends and talk to them about their interests, familiar names and places, and past experiences. Reading to them from their favorite books, as well as singing or listening to their favorite songs, may also help people with TBIs.

Keep things simple

Especially during the recovery phase, those with TBIs often get overwhelmed and tired easily. To assist them, family members may help them create predictable routines, refrain from rearranging things in their rooms, and present limited options such as food or drinks. Additionally, giving step-by-step instructions for tasks or otherwise breaking them down into simpler steps may also help people with TBIs.

Traumatic brain injuries may upend the lives of those who suffer them, as well as the lives of their families. Although money cannot undo the damage done by the accidents that caused their injuries, recovering damages through the available options may provide much-needed support as they focus on what matters most – healing and moving forward.