When a loved one sustains a traumatic brain injury during a fall or other accident, it can be difficult to know how to best care for them. Researchers have only begun to uncover the basics of brain function, leaving much unknown about this essential organ. This makes any brain injury especially scary for family caregivers and their loved ones. As much as they try to prevent the accidents that lead to brain injuries, they can still happen. Here are the best things to do when brain injuries happen.
Consult a Doctor
When in doubt, call the doctor. Even the smallest of bumps has the potential to cause injury to the brain. Symptoms of damage are not always immediately evident, and seeking medical attention may prevent further harm.
Promote Less Movement
The chanves of a repeat fall occurring are high after a brain injury. Encourage your loved one to refrain from walking without assistance. If necessary, invest in a walker or a caregiver to help them around the house until independent movement is cleared by a doctor.
Do Mentally Stimulating Activities
Crossword puzzles, Sudoku and even Facebook can promote active brain function. This is important as the brain heals, since it encourages communication between the neurons throughout the brain. Also, encourage social activity, which triggers more emotional connections in the brain.
Having a dependable schedule and a structured environment makes all the difference for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Promote the same schedule each day and keep the home clean and tidy.
Find a Caregiver
After a loved one experiences a brain injury, they are often worried about being alone. Family caregivers are also worried about their loved one when they have to go to work or attend to other responsibilities. At SYNERGY HomeCare, our careTEAM can help with all the non-medical needs a person may have as they recover from a brain injury.