Every year, 1.5 million Americans sustain a brain injury that does not require long-term institutionalization. The trauma of brain injury lasts well past the initial event for both survivors and their families. In Massachusetts, services and support are offered to these families, including non-medical home care. Veterans can also receive help and advice via their local VA Hospital or Hanscom Air Force base in Bedford, MA.
Massachusetts Survivors to Move out of Nursing Homes
June 22, 2013:
“A pending settlement in a major class-action lawsuit could give nearly 1,200 people with brain injuries who live in Massachusetts nursing facilities the opportunity to live more independently in their own apartments, houses or group homes.”
More independently does not mean those affected will be able to live without any assistance. When the injured person is able to return home, time constraints, inexperience with caregiving, jobs and other family obligations mean family members often cannot provide enough daily living support.
How Non-Medical Home Care Helps Brain Injury Survivors
Brain Injuries may affect physical mobility, speech, hand-eye coordination, short or long-term memory and much more. Still, the person may be perfectly capable of living at home, but need non-medical home care for weeks, months, or long-term. Getting used to being “back home” often involves needing help with personal care, cooking or mobility. Perhaps, the family member has been home for awhile and wants to push his abilities further with assisted exercise, or wants help responding to emails, or just needs companionship and medication reminders.
These are all good reasons to find the right non-medical home care for the brain injured person’s needs. Putting off getting the help you need will only make the injury survivor feel less able to cope with their new life. Support groups are another excellent resource when families are faced with the ongoing trauma of brain injury. The BIA-MA sponsors support groups across Massachusetts that provide survivors and their loved ones a forum for sharing information about brain injury.