Getting Better and Better after Brain Injury: A guide for families, friends and caregivers

Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, Ph.D. and Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, Ph.D.

Life after brain injury is, more often than not, a tremendous adjustment. This practical, easy-to-read guide addresses day-to-day issues faced by many people with brain injury.

This down-to-earth, illustrated book is backed by years of clinical experience, research findings and most of all, the personal lessons learned and advice given from many individuals living with traumatic brain injury. It is filled with worksheets, checklists, and many practical ideas offered by and for survivors. Recognizing that emotional and physical recovery are two different things, this guide tackles the difficult question of, "How can I live like this?" Topics are organized by 25 Great Ideas and feature frank discussions of the many ways that brain injury changes one's life and the personal struggles and challenges that survivors face as they follow their journey of personal growth and recovery.

Full Description

This guide for families, friends and caregivers is part of the 25 Great Ideas series for living smarter and happier after brain injury. Taking a frank and pragmatic approach to the stresses, challenges and rewards of caregiving for family and relationships with friends, it is filled with practical suggestions and real life experiences. By sharing the techniques and coping strategies that caregivers, friends and families have found effective, readers will be better able to address the stresses and challenges in their own lives.

Divided into 5 sections, this guide…

  1. Discusses how "different" becomes "normal" as the whole family is affected by brain injury
  2. Reveals the "real story" about recovery and rehabilitation
  3. Talks about how to effectively manage stress and other problems
  4. Provides strategies and tips for making the "system" work better
  5. Explores patterns of blaming, explaining and asking for help

There are 11 worksheets, questionnaires and forms for families and caregivers to use that will help them apply the information to their personal situations.

Item: 25FA

Pages: 188

Year: 9th printing, 2010