In an article on Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, “The Impact of a Recent TBI on Family Members and What They Can Do To Help With Recovery,” Thomas Novack, PhD writes about how families can help loved ones during recovery and learning roles in the process.
With college starting this coming week, what is known as a happy and loving time may be a little shakier when having a family member who is suffering from a TBI. What can you do to make them more comfortable and help out in the recovery process while you’re focusing on school?
- Recognize stressful situations and cope with them – don’t avoid them.
- Learn to relax.
- Learn coping strategies (regular schedules, take breaks, maintain sense of humor)
- Provide structure for the victim.
- Provide support in a respectful way.
- Make time for yourself, and have a helper.
Use this distance to realize that this is a time to be thankful for those around you, be thankful that your family member is a survivor and is gradually getting better, be thankful for the love that is around you and for your health. Understand that you’re just one person. Don’t make yourself feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Don’t feel weak for asking for help.
Check out the entire article here.
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