Caring for someone with a brain injury
Acquired brain injuries don't just affect individuals; they can transform the lives of entire families. Depending upon the severity of your relative's injury and its effects, you may have to make considerable changes to the way you live, such as becoming a part-time or full-time carer.
The term brain injury covers a range of conditions including strokes, brain tumors, encephalitis and brain hemorrhages. It also includes traumatic brain injuries - often caused by trauma to the head from road traffic accidents, assaults or falls.
The effects of a brain injury can include communication problems, behaviourial changes, cognitive issues and in some cases, reduced awareness and/or coma.
Headway have further information about the causes, effects and rehabilitation of brain injuries on their website.
The days, weeks, months after your loved one acquires a brain injury can be very frightening and confusing. In many cases things have changed suddenly and it can be very difficult to cope with the changes to your life and the life of your loved one. It is very important that you get support and advice as early as possible.
Headway, the Brain Injury Association
Headway provides information and support to help those who care for people with an acquired brain injury and have a dedicated section for carers on their website. They have also launched an online community called Headway Health Unlocked so carers can chat and support each other online.
They have produced an excellent booklet about caring for someone with a brain injury that gives information and advice on the early stages after a head injury, understanding brain injuries and their effects, becoming a carer, changing family relationships and looking after yourself.
Derbyshire Stroke Centre
Derbyshire Stroke Centre are a team of experienced stroke professionals, stroke survivors and carers, dedicated to providing the best possible support to those who need it.
The service supports people living with the long term and often complex challenges associated with stroke. It offers:
- respite services
- relaxation sessions and pampering days
- peer support
- advice and information
- a survival course for carers
You contact the service on tel: 01246 855350 or via the Stroke Centre website contact form.
Other helpful websites
- Derbyshire Community Health Services - Brain Injury
- The Brain Injury Hub
- Brain and Spinal Injury Centre - BASIC (covers the Glossopdale area)
- Different Strokes
- Stroke Association
- The Brain Tumour Charity
- Encephalitis Society
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