Spills and puddles, loose or broken handrails, and other dangerous property conditions may cause slips and falls, which may result in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. Affecting the brain’s function, TBIs may occur due to jolts, bumps, blows or penetrating injuries to the head. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all hospitalizations for traumatic brain injuries result from falls.
Providing support to loved ones with TBIs may help in their recoveries.
According to the Mayo Clinic, after a loved one suffers head trauma in a fall, people should refrain from overstimulating them. For instance, this may include limiting the number of visitors to one or two people at a time, avoiding asking too many questions and speaking in a regular tone of voice. Too much stimulation may cause people to feel confused, agitated or tired.
Stay patient and positive
Practicing patience may help people support loved ones with traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries, as well as their treatment plans and outcomes, differ from one person to the next. Instead of making comparisons to others with head trauma, people may benefit from keeping in mind that everyone recovers at their own pace. Acceptance and understanding may help those with TBIs to feel more comfortable, allowing them to enjoy the good days and to get through the more challenging days.
Keep things simple
When talking with loved ones who have TBIs, people may find it helpful to keep things simple and consistent. Rather than providing long explanations that might confuse or agitate their loved ones, people should use simple language and brief descriptions. Repeating information may help those with traumatic brain injuries to more easily remember the information.
Suffering traumatic brain injuries in auto collisions or other such accidents may have life-changing effects. Adjusting to these changes may prove challenging; however, having the support they need may aid people as they recover and resume everyday activities.