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.
Anyone who has had a brain injury understands what is meant when brain injuries are called “invisible injuries.” You look the same, and everything on the surface seems normal, but underneath everything has changed. Survivors have described this as “feeling like they are wearing a mask”—that what’s on the outside doesn’t always reflect the struggle on the inside. This post explores the impact of having an invisible injury like a brain injury, and what survivors can do to unmask their injury.
What is speech-language pathology? And how does it help recovery from stroke or brain injury? Those are the basic questions clients have for speech-language pathologists at the beginning of care. But the answers to those questions may raise more questions, such as “How long will therapy last?” This post helps patients and caregivers understand the role SLPs play in the treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders. It closes with eight questions patients and caregivers may want to ask on their first visit in order to get the most out of treatment.
Studies indicate that patient participation in relevant and personal goal-setting can result in greater satisfaction with the rehabilitation experience, along with improved recovery. But how do you make sure the goals are functional—in other words, that they relate directly to real-life activities that patients need and want to do outside of the clinic? This blog post shows how to connect those dots, and illustrates its points with examples.
Neighborhood barbecues, block parties, weddings and other family events – these are social settings in which we’re all likely to find ourselves in. For survivors of brain injury or stroke, these events can be difficult, uncomfortable and downright exhausting. Here’s why.
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.