Brain injuries are incredibly scary and difficult to deal with because the brain is pivotal to a person’s human experience. Both your conscious and unconscious self rely on this one organ. In this post, we will be exploring acquired brain injury (ABI) in particular, where the term “acquired” is used to signify that the injury occurred after birth.
The process of healing can be a precarious one, this is further exacerbated by radical inconsistencies in how different hospitals approach discharge planning. There exists very little obligation for hospitals to provide extensive services in this regard to their patients or any consideration to you as a family member or caregiver. Awareness continues to grow for the roles that families an unpaid caregivers play in a patient's long term health care, but until then it is very important for you to adopt a proactive approach. With the careful consideration of your options you may reduce the patient’s chances of readmission, avoid medicinal side-effects and help to promote their quality of life.