If you had a chance to look at Part 2, you’ll have learned about just some of the ways to access different brain rehabilitation services. We shift this weeks post to the subject of different rehab settings for brain injury. As well as the important role family members can play in taking care of their relative, helping them pull round from brain injury once and for all.
Ways to Help a Family Member Pull Round from Brain Injury
The British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) provides some very sound advice on how people can be rehabilitated after suffering from an acquired brain injury. One thing they particularly stress is the importance of family members in helping their relative pull round from brain injury.
- Because family members have a high rapport with their loved one, they are often able to spot subtle signs which the professionals may miss
- Family members can work with professionals to provide vital information like their current character, plus their ambitions for the future
- They can get involved in the initial assessment and ongoing monitoring. Making sure any issues aren’t missed as a result of a lack of insight from the professionals
What to do When Someone is Discharged but Still Needs Rehab
If your family member has been discharged early, and you believe this is a mistake, there are things you can do.
Speak to your health care professional. They may be able to refer your relative to another service. Or if all else fails, contact the service directly and see if they can help.
Not sure where to find rehab centres? The Headways helpline is a good start, particularly the local area section for approved providers. There may also be other private centres in your local area you want to explore too.
Before making the final choice with your relative, consider visiting several centres locally. This will confirm whether the service will be suitable and reassures all parties that it makes a good commitment.