Caring for someone with a brain injury
Brain injury doesn’t just affect individuals; it can transform the lives of entire families.
Depending upon the severity of your relative’s injury and its effects, you may have to make considerable changes to the way you live, such as becoming a part-time or full-time carer.
The period immediately following your relative’s brain injury is a frightening and confusing time.
The outcome can be very uncertain and it will probably be the first time you will have had any experience of brain injury.
It is important to access information and support as early as possible.
As a carer it’s important to take a little break and spend some time talking to people who understand what you’re going through.
Our Carers Connect group meets fortnightly on a Thursday evening via Zoom.
The session will allow you the opportunity to spend some time talking to people who understand how you’re feeling and connect over similar experiences.
If this is something you would like to access then please get in touch by email or give us a call on 0116 2739763.
What you can do to help
There are many factors involved in the treatment of different kinds of brain injuries so we can’t advise on specific activities here, as some things may be beneficial in some instances but harmful in others.
It is normal to feel quite helpless when your relative is in hospital and to feel desperate to be able to do something constructive.
Helping your relative can take many forms and the following can all make valuable contributions:
- Communicate as much as possible with the medical staff. They will be able to suggest any appropriate ways for you to
- Organise visiting hours with family and friends, so that you
provide adequate support for your relative, without
overwhelming them or causing any disruption to their
treatment and recovery.
- Provide interest and stimulation. Just talking to your relative
about everyday things can help, as does providing books,
magazines, DVDs, etc.
- Help with personal care and grooming under the advice and
supervision of nursing staff.
- Try to arrange the week’s tasks at the start of the week so
you can stay organised and don’t have to keep asking the