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Brain Injury and Family Issues

Brain Injury and Family Issues

Brain injury raises new family issues as life changes

These books on brain injury and family issues offer information and support for a parent, spouse, grandparent, sibling, son or daughter. A brain injury affects all members of the family. There are books with information for coping with the immediate and long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Helping Sons and Daughters: When a parent has a brain injury

Children often feel lost and abandoned while family members spend long days and nights at the hospital. A parent’s absence from home changes the child’s world. This tip card helps family members recognize the needs and emotions of children when a parent has a brain injury. It gives tips on how to communicate with children of all ages and what to expect when mom or dad comes home.

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Couples: Hope and intimacy after brain injury

The relationship between spouses, husband and wife, or partners changes when one member of the couple has a brain injury. This tip card helps families, caregivers and counselors understand how a brain injury changes a relationship. It corrects common myths about marriage, separation and divorce after brain injury and gives practical tips for partners.

Read an interview with Taryn Marie Stejskal.

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Intimacy, Sexuality and Sex After Brain Injury

Intimacy, sexuality and sex change after a brain injury. This tip card helps survivors of brain injury, families, couples, caregivers and counselors talk about intimacy, sexuality and sex and learn what is “normal” and communicate more openly. It provides practical tips about sex, sexuality and intimacy after a brain injury.
 

Read an interview with  Taryn Marie Stejskal.

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Finding Support: After brain injury

Family support after a member has a TBI or traumatic brain injury helps everyone cope. Helping families and survivors find support after brain injury can reduce stress, promote adjustment, reduce isolation, and help recovery. This tip card gives practical tips for creating formal and informal support systems at home and in the community by building friendships, joining support groups, and developing relationships.

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Talking with Families after Brain Injury

Talking with families about the emotional and physical trauma of brain injury can be stressful for health care providers and caregivers. This tip card gives strategies for responding to questions, comments, or dissatisfaction of families while recognizing the special concerns and stresses of families when a member has a head injury.
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Families as Managers of Care and Services

The family also is the case manager for the person with a TBI. As professionals and programs change over time, families find that they are responsible for managing the care and services of the survivor of a brain injury. By adapting the case management skills used by professionals, this tip card shows families 6 steps for how to communicate effectively, negotiate for services and become effective managers and advocates to address the needs of the survivor.

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Caregiving after Brain Injury: A survival guide

Caregiving by a family member when a spouse, parent or child has an acquired brain injury can be rewarding and stressful. Few family members are prepared to become caregivers when a parent, spouse, sibling or child has a brain injury. Providing cognitive supervision, emotional support and physical help places caregivers at risk for stress, exhaustion and burnout. This tip card has practical tips for caregivers to prevent feeling overloaded, to develop coping strategies, find support and take care of themselves.

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Compassion Fatigue

The stress of being a caregiver for a spouse, child, parent or sibling with a traumatic or acquired brain injury can lead to compassion fatigue which is also known as secondary traumatic stress. It can result in physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion. This tip card helps family caregivers understand the meaning of compassion fatigue and learn how to create a wellness plan to protect a caregiver's physical and mental health.

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New Normal: For caregivers after brain injury

There is no single definition of "new normal" that fits every family, since each brain injury and each family is unique. This tip card helps family caregivers understand the adjustment process after a brain injury, for themselves and the survivor, with practical tips for moving forward at home and in the community.
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Stress Resilience: For caregivers after brain injury

For caregivers of survivors with brain injury, the ability to reduce and manage stress is challenging, but skills can be learned to increase resiliency. Caregivers can run the risk of burnout or compassion fatigue and compromise their own health and well-being. This tip card helps family caregivers understand the harmful effects of stress and gives strategies to create a resilience plan.
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