Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) observes Brain Injury Awareness Month. Their efforts are aligned to bring awareness and understanding of the needs of those that have experienced brain injury and their families. An estimated 1.7 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States. Falls are a leading cause of these injuries and the elderly, those 75 and older, have the highest rate of traumatic brain injury-related hospitalization. This age group recovers more slowly from traumatic brain injuries and many will require part- or full-time caregivers.
The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
The possible effects of traumatic brain injury may be short-term, long-term or permanent. These include:
What to Look For
If your loved one has suffered from a fall or another accident that may have led to trauma to the brain, regardless of the symptoms, or lack thereof, it’s always a good idea to take them to their primary health care provider for a check-up. Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury do not occur for several hours to several days or weeks post injury. Symptoms to be aware of include those listed above as effects and, in addition:
How to Prevent
As with most accidents, injuries and illnesses—look to the risk factors and how to reduce their occurrence.
Home Care Provider
If your loved one suffers from traumatic brain disorders or other illnesses that impair them from completing the daily tasks of living, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. Not only can they help with everyday activities, they can keep an eye on your parent when you can’t be there and ensure their safe passage from one room to another and one activity to another. They can be their companion and caregiver.
For more information about how the caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 858-454-9339. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable elderly care in Pacific Beach, CA, and the surrounding communities.