Can you help your family member with a TBI to set goals?

When you find out that your loved one has been involved in a catastrophic situation that has resulted in a traumatic brain injury, your first thoughts may center on the likelihood of a full recovery. In serious cases, your family member may experience long-lasting effects that ultimately affect his or her ability to live life the same way as before the accident. However, with a well-rounded team of medical professionals in Louisiana, your loved one has a much higher chance of being able to recover and embrace the changes that resulted from their accident. 

Setting goals is an integral part of your family member’s recovery. Depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries that resulted from it, your family member may have suffered injuries that resulted in limitations to their ability to speak, read, communicate and understand you and others in your family. According to healthfully.com, while your loved one may have a significant goal, such as being able to return to their career responsibilities, there will be much smaller goals that they will focus on first such as memory recall and remembering sequences. 

You can assist your family member by speaking slowly enough for them to understand and encouraging eye contact. You can also help them to practice the exercises given to them by their doctor or therapist as they work toward regaining their abilities to communicate with other people. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.