While the road forward may be challenging, it is important
for families and caregivers to know what to expect when it comes to living with
a brain injury.
Returning home after sustaining a brain injury—no matter how severe—can be a
complex and emotional experience. For many, returning home is a sign of triumph
after rehabilitation, and since home is a place of safety and security, is
where they find their old selves once again.
Brain damage can result in confusion, memory loss, poor
organizational skills, disinhibition and poor reasoning skills and judgment. Individuals who have been affected by a
traumatic brain injury may appear to have changed dramatically. It is important
that friends, family members and caregivers understand that the individual does
not want to feel or act differently than they did before the injury.
As brain injury lawyers, McKiggan Hebert has represented
hundreds of survivors and helped their families understand the
impact that a traumatic brain injury can have. With this in mind, we have
compiled a basic list of things that families and caregivers should know when a
brain injury survivor returns home, prepares to return to work and wishes to
return to a normal life.