When a family member suffers a brain injury, it is all too easy for the other members of the family to compare that person to the one they knew and loved before the accident. Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult to cope with the effects of the brain injury. Complaining that the person used to be able to this or was more like that doesn’t help anyone; it saddens and confuses the brain-injured person, and it leaves family members less open to what is required to move forward.
With Brain Navigators family and caregiver programs, time is spent examining attitudes and encouraging understanding. With children, it’s important for them to understand that the parent is not the same person as before. The love is still there and the person is still there, however they may forget or do thing differently and the needs of the family will change.
For caregivers, whether they are family or not, there are all sorts of strategies to help make a sometimes rocky road less bumpy. By understanding the needs of the brain injured and developing empathy with them, a lot of frustrations can be avoided on all sides.
Remember, as caregivers, you are not alone! And it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help from those who have walked a similar path. After one or more meetings to assess your situation, Brain Navigators will help you draw up an action plan and begin to implement it. Brain Navigators is available for private consultation throughout the journey
Pick up the phone or email today Stop the pain, experience the gain!.