Adults Living with Brain Injury

Adults Living with Brain Injury

Carolyn Rocchio, Pam Fleming, CCC-SLP and Erika Mountz, O.T.R./L.

Families and caregivers of survivors living with brain injury face the challenge of finding the balance between encouraging independence while providing needed support and supervision. This tip card has checklists for identifying the effects of an acquired brain injury on physical, social, cognitive abilities and behaviors. This information can be used to assess needs and develop services. A great tool for clinicians and therapists to use with families and caregivers.

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This tip card helps families, caregivers and therapists caring for and treating adolescents and adults with brain injury identify safety concerns while still encouraging independence. A check list for independence rates the survivorís abilities and challenges for physical skills, vision and hearing, thinking and learning, controlling behaviors, self awareness, and handling emotions. Because behavior is so often challenging for survivors, families and caregivers, this tip card discusses strategies for self protection, changing behavior and personal safety. This tip card can be used in the home or in rehabilitation or residential settings as it is a succinct tool for assessing the effects of traumatic brain injury on a survivorís ability to function and live independently.

Pages 8
Year 2007, second edition


Carolyn Rocchio

As a spokesperson for families of survivors of brain injury and founder and past President of the Brain Injury Association of Florida, Carolyn Rocchio is internationally recognized for her compassion and expertise.

Carolynís list of achievements, honors and publications is lengthy Ė but what you will hear is the voice of a mother who knows first hand about the compassion, endurance, hope and determination needed to move forward after brain injury.


This tip card helps professionals and families...

  • identify safety concerns
  • encourage independence

Checklist for Independence and Effects of Brain Injury

  • Physical changes
  • Vision and hearing
  • Thinking and learning
  • Behaviors, awareness and emotions

Living with Brain Injury

  • Self-care
  • Orientation
  • Communication
  • Home safety
  • Household
  • Organization
  • Social skills
  • Financial
  • Transportation
  • Risk factors
  • Legal issues

Strategies for Protection, Changing Behavior and Personal Safety

Strategies for protecting others from

  • out of control behavior
  • Strategies for changing behavior
  • Strategies for personal safety



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The first question after a person has a brain injury that many families ask is, When can he come home? This is often followed by... How will we manage? Can she be alone? How much supervision and help will be needed?

It can be difficult to find the balance between protecting a person from further injury and encouraging independence. There are many factors to consider whether the person is just preparing to be discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation program or already living at home. This tip card provides checklists and strategies to guide families and caregivers. It can be used to identify areas where further treatment is needed, justify requests for services or funding, and improve the safety and independence of the person with a brain injury.

We all depend on others in some way, whether it is for physical help, emotional support, finances or learning. No matter how independent or dependent an individual is, we are all interdependent on others in some way.