Caregiving after Brain Injury: A survival guide

 

Carolyn Rocchio

Caregiving by a family member when a spouse, parent or child has an acquired brain injury can be rewarding and stressful. Few family members are prepared to become caregivers when a parent, spouse, sibling or child has a brain injury. Providing cognitive supervision, emotional support and physical help places caregivers at risk for stress, exhaustion and burnout. This tip card has practical tips for caregivers to prevent feeling overloaded, to develop coping strategies, find support and take care of themselves.

Caregiving for a family member with an acquired brain injury can be challenging and exhausting. Information on brain injury and tips on caregiving helps families prepare for caregiving at home and anticipate changes in caregiving over time. Identifies emotional and physical demands and stresses for spouses, parents and siblings who provide care and support. Emphasizes importance of caregivers looking after themselves with tips for decreasing stress, finding help, locating support and avoiding burnout.

Item CARE
Pages 8
Year Second edition, 2011