After the initial shock and uncertainty following a brain injury, families are often confronted with changes in their loved ones that may be long-term or irreversible. These changes may range from memory problems to more distressing issues like aggression, sudden changes in mood, self-centredness and lack of sexual or social inhibition. For some, a loved one can sometimes seem like a completely different person after a brain injury.
Often these changes can be awkward or embarrassing for family members and friends, and may lead to both the individual and the family feeling isolated.
Help and support
The staff at ReNew can offer assistance to families both during and after rehabilitation, and can direct family members to appropriate services where needed. Contact us for more information.
There are many support groups that operate for both people with an ABI and their carers in most Australian cities.
For more resources, visit the Community Resources section of this website.