It’s not easy caregiving for someone with a brain injury as they try to recover. Recovery can often be long and tedious.
There are 2 basic categories of brain injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TMI) – As the name implies a trauma occurs to the head and causes an injury of the brain itself. Recovery time varies with, like all brain injuries, the possibility of no full recovery back to what was once normal. Seniors commonly get a TMI due to:
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) – Basically most other brain injuries that occur without trauma to the head will classify as an ABI. Often for seniors this includes:
- Heart Attacks and Stroke
- Lack of Oxygen to the Brain due to health issues
How Does Professional Caregiving Help Someone with a Brain Injury?
There are a number of reasons why having a professional caregiver come the home of a person with a brain injury can be helpful. While many who have brain injuries will often have an interim period where they are cared for in a facility to help with recovery; a point is often reached when recovery can continue at home.
In home caregiving can help by:
- Allowing Recovery in Familiar Atmosphere – Most people feel most comfortable at home instead of in a place where they are unfamiliar. This can be especially helpful if your loved one is elderly and wants to remain in their home instead of living out their senior years in a senior care facility.
- Trained Professional Caregiving – Because caregiving professionals are trained specifically for certain types of care, you will have someone who knows how to safely and efficiently care for your loved one while maintaining comfortable surroundings.
- Providing Constant Care – Whether you choose to have 24 hour caregiving or caregiving when you feel it’s most helpful, you have the option of combining your own caregiving with family and friends with that of a professional in order to keep you and your family from becoming overwhelmed.
- Maintaining a Schedule – Utilizing professional caregiving for someone with a brain injury will help keep order in the life of all involved. This means that a regular schedule of care can reduce stress on both the patient and their family caregivers by assuring that certain tasks will be completed regularly.
- Offering Suggestions – Because professional caregivers have worked with clients having similar needs they will know about certain products and changes that can be utilized to help make life easier for the person who is suffering from the brain injury. They may also be able to offer suggestions for resources and helping to create a safer environment
When you or a loved one suffers from a brain injury it is life changing. Professional in home caregiving for someone with a brain injury is one way that allows you to have some continuity of your previous lifestyle.
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