If you are suffering from a brain injury, there are some things you can do to cope with the complications that affect everyday activities, relationships and communication. These include:
- Join a support group — ask your doctor or rehabilitation therapist about support groups in your area. Talking to other people that are going through the same thing you are can provide emotional support and can help you learn new coping strategies that have worked for people in similar situations.
- Follow a routine — try to maintain a consistent schedule to avoid confusion.
- Write things down — start writing things down that may be difficult to remember. This might include people’s names, important dates and tasks you plan to do.
- Take breaks when you need to — take breaks from school, work and even social activities as needed. Don’t be embarrassed to take a five minute break so you don’t overdo it.
- Get plenty of rest — it is very important to get plenty of sleep so your brain can rest. You want to be careful not to overdo things.
If your loved one suffered a brain injury, there are some things you can do to help him or her cope:
- Develop a recovery plan together — develop a plan that outlines what the injured person will be doing at home and what tasks he or she is expected to do. This can be as simple as making the bed and doing dishes after dinner. Having a list of responsibilities and a routine will be helpful for the recovery process and will help minimize unrealistic expectations.
- Try to make things easy — as you are developing a recovery plan, take things one step at a time. Don’t make things too complicated; the goal is to help the injured person accomplish tasks without making them feel as if they can’t do it.
- Minimize distractions — by maintaining a clean space at home with few distractions (don’t play the radio or TV too loud), it will allow the injured person to focus and will help with his or her mood.
- Practice problem solving — help your loved one complete tasks by doing simple problem solving steps, such as writing down the problem, outlining possible solutions, listing pros and cons of each solution, pick one solution and evaluate the success.
- Be honest — it is very important to be encouraging and supportive, but it is also important to be honest. If your loved one isn’t performing his or her duties, be honest and give him or her suggestions for improvement.
As a Pensacola personal injury firm, many of our clients suffer traumatic brain injuries. Weadvocate for our injured clients and do everything we can to get them the full amount of compensation possible so they can focus on their recovery as they learn to cope with the challenges ahead.