Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be extremely difficult for those who suffer them. But it can also be extremely tough for their loved ones who often struggle to know how to be of assistance to them.
With approximately 2.5 million Americans sustaining a TBI annually, and 5.3 million living with related disabilities, there are millions of loved ones struggling to help.
After all, TBI can result in a number of challenges, such as:
- Full or partial paralysis
- Speech difficulties
- Memory loss
- Muscle problems
- Increased irritability
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Personality changes
The good news is that there are various things that loved ones can do to make the situation better. Here are 5 ways to assist your loved one suffering from a TBI.
1. Create a sense of structure and normalcy.
When someone has experienced a TBI, he or she will go through a lot of changes. This will most likely be overwhelming. That’s why helping them to create a new sense of structure and normalcy can make a big difference. This may include:
- Inviting them to share in daily activities
- Acting the same towards them as before
- Placing objects that they use within their reach
- Putting together a photo book of important family and friends with notes to refresh their memory about each person
2. Provide them with familiar items.
When anyone is in an unfamiliar location it can be a bit scary. That’s why giving them some familiar items such as a blanket they use or some favorite snacks can help to ease their anxieties and make them more comfortable. Being around them can also help since you are familiar and comfortable for them.
3. Help run errands for them.
Dealing with a TBI can be emotionally and physically draining, causing even the mildest activities to become difficult. Since this is the case, running errands for them can prove extremely helpful. Something as simple as picking up their groceries or medication can save them a lot of energy. By offering and not waiting for them to ask you, it can help them to feel less needy and dependent.
4. Take them out and about.
Depression and anxiety are very common after suffering from a TBI. While they may want to stay in and not do anything, encouraging them to get out even for a little while can help to lift their spirits and keep them motivated. Just remember to avoid places that can be too overwhelming.
5. Assist them with remaining organized.
Unfortunately, memory loss is also a common side effect of a TBI. It can be very frustrating for them when they cannot remember simple things such as where they placed an item or when they have a doctor’s appointment. Luckily, there are things that you can do to assist them with remaining organized. These include:
- Putting labels on things
- Helping them to create lists
- Taking the time to explain things to them
- Helping them find new ways to remember things such as calendar reminders
While TBIs can be life changing for everyone involved, the most important thing that you can do for a loved one is to remain patient and supportive. By staying compassionate and present you can make a big difference in the life of your loved one as they navigate their new normal.
The Attorneys at Miller & Tischler, P.C. Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to the negligence of someone else, you should not have to be bare the burden alone. When you are already dealing with so much, the last thing that you want to do is to have to worry about tackling the legalities of your situation.
The Michigan personal injury attorneys at Miller & Tischler, P.C. understand the seriousness of your injury and the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that you have endured and will continue to endure. We will gather the necessary evidence and build a case to achieve the most optimal outcome. We’ll fight for the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!