Brain injury, whether from TBI or stroke, is a complex condition with a wide range of injury severity and and variable outcomes. So, when a patient or caregiver asks, “How long will recovery take?” the answer really depends on cause of the injury, location, severity and the general health of the patient. The one thing the answer will not be is “six months” or “one year” “and at that point that’s as good as it gets.” These answers are what many medical providers used to give in the past, but published research has since proven that brain injury and stroke survivors can push past a supposed “progress plateau” and improve with effective and continuous brain rehabilitation—even years after the initial event. This post addresses the myth of the brain injury plateau and provides tips for getting past it, because…you can!
1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and currently more than 5.3 million people are living with disabilities caused by TBI. When you’ve had an injury to the brain, basic brain functions can be affected, making things that used to be second nature, like speech, memory, reading, writing and attention, difficult. With the holidays approaching, and travel to see loved ones on the schedule, you might be wondering how to navigate the formerly second-nature aspects of travel like trip-planning, driving, and flying. In this post, we provide helpful tips to make holiday travel a little easier.
Choosing healthy foods may contribute to recovery after stroke. Healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce risk of another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities. In this post, we explain why a healthy diet matters and then provide tips for eating well and making mealtimes easier.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is a time to honor the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. There are over 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Depending on the situation, they may provide medical and nursing tasks, as well as daily living care like helping with bathing, transportation, shopping, etc. Because the holidays—with the gifts, parties, baking, family (or perhaps the absence of these things)—can be extra stressful to both caregivers and care recipients, we’ve provided list of things that family caregivers can do to minimize the strain.
Rehabilitation program options can be confusing. There are many different kinds of professionals who provide rehab, and many types of facilities which offer it. When helping the caregivers of your patients determine their best options, it should be with the goal of helping everybody involved get the most out of rehabilitation. And that is defined differently for each patient.
Approximately 43.5 million caregivers provide unpaid care to an adult or child in the United States, and according to Family Caregiver Alliance statistics, they spend an average of 22 hours a week doing it.
Communication disorders can be extremely socially isolating, as our culture revolves around language. When language is affected, whether from birth or later in life, social contact and relationships can be affected. But just because someone has a communication disorder does not mean that they are any less deserving of, or capable of making social connections.
Emotions and mental well-being frequently are overlooked in people with communication & cognitive disorders due to brain injury, stroke, or learning disorders. Although language and cognition certainly aren’t tangible, they are more easily recognized as areas of weakness, and are much more easily quantified, such as: “Bob speaks in sentences that have an average length of 2 words.” “Janie is able to retain a new fact for 2 minutes after first hearing it.”
Some days feel overwhelming – when you wonder if you can keep going; whether what you’re doing is really making a difference. You’re not alone – we’ve all been there.
Communication disorders can often be isolating, and being on your own waiting for improvement to happen can be intensely discouraging. Sometimes the best therapy is what other people with communication disorders can offer – their advice, their empathy, and their unique position being able to understand exactly what you’re going through.