Having a coordinated care plan in place for patients with brain injuries is the key to a successful recovery. Brain injuries are different for each individual, so there is no one size fits all road map to follow to best care for your patient. Here are some best care practices for caring for someone with a brain injury:
Dealing with Changes
Dealing with changes in behavior and behavioral issues can be extremely difficult for the patient, their family and the caregiver. Personality changes are often a direct result of a traumatic brain injury. A patient who was previously quiet, kind and well mannered may become loud, aggressive and ill mannered. In addition, the patient may be experiencing a great deal of confusion, worry and stress while dealing with a brain injury, which can exaggerate these changes.
Patience is key when dealing with a patient who has experienced a brain injury. Remembering to stay calm and hopeful makes a world of difference. Recovery from a brain injury is a long and grueling road. Remembering to celebrate the small victories while working towards the larger ones can make a world of difference.
Helping Family Members
It is also very important to help the patient’s family navigate through this long process. The stress and worry family members experience is excruciating, and it will help the patient for you to also help their family members cope. Helping a patient’s family stay as calm and relaxed as possible, as well as educating family members about what to expect can make a difference in their loved one’s recovery and rehabilitation process.
A major part of recovery from a brain injury is the after care, so be sure that your patients get enough rest, avoid activities that could cause another injury and keep up with their medications. Communication with doctors and families is key; and as a caregiver, it is your job to coordinate proper care between families, patients and doctors.
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