Brain injuries cause complex medical issues that can last a lifetime. Coping with these effects is often challenging, both for the person with the brain injury as well as his or her family. Knowing what to expect can help you and your loved ones plan for the future. The Brain Injury Association of America offers the following information.
Brain injuries cause unbelievable changes. These changes are most acutely felt by couples and spouses, who might find themselves playing vastly different roles than they played in the past. Other issues can also arise, including problems with intimacy that causes some couples to drift further apart. Often, the person who sustained a brain injury will feel isolated from others, and this can lead to sadness and depression.
In terms of the home environment, many changes will need to be made if mobility is severely impacted. Making additions to the home, such as a lift or wheelchair ramp, allows easy maneuvering. It also prevents injuries to both the caregiver and the patient, which can easily occur when dressing or grooming. When limitations are severe or medical needs are particularly advanced, family members may need to call in a professional caregiver to ensure needs continue to be met.
While it may seem like an unimportant subject when compared to a person’s health and well-being, damage to the brain can also cause financial difficulties. A family member might even need to step in and handle financial issues, such as bill payment, if the person is unable to perform these tasks alone. A guardianship can also be established. The court-appointed guardian will oversee financial matters when a person is deemed incapable. You can also establish a financial power of attorney, which enables you to choose your own representative when it comes to money matters.