Following a brain injury, most people will return to live with their family at some stage. While the family home can provide the familiarity and support that the injured person may need, family members often encounter issues that may raise many practical questions. For example:
- Is there financial support available?
- Is my house adequately equipped to support someone with a brain injury?
- How can I help my family member or loved one find a job, or return to their old job?
ReNew recognises the need for family support as part of its continuum of rehabilitation and care. Our staff can recommend suitable support options that may be available. Alternatively, our Community Resources page contains a list of useful resources.
Focus on the positives
Once a loved one returns home from rehabilitation, it can take a while to adjust to the change. It helps to set clear personal expectations and to try to see the positives. It is easy for people to forget that going through a brain injury is very challenging. Rehabilitation and recovery can be a slow process, so focussing on achievements and things that are the same (such as elements of character) can help.
Emotional closeness and family commitment are important to the rehabilitation process. Many people find that fostering an attitude of acceptance towards imperfections in themselves, their family and the injured person makes things easier.
Advice and support
Providing support to a family member with a brain injury can be difficult, but the team at ReNew can help in the transition to this new period of life. ReNew staff can provide advice and support to help family members understand what has happened, and to help them adapt to the changes that may occur following a brain injury. Contact us about the support we offer to family members as individuals, couples or larger groups.