According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 138 people in the U.S. die from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each day. TBI is responsible for a staggering 30 percent of all injury deaths in the country. The effects of TBI can be life-altering and can include paralysis, emotional changes, vision problems, and loss of bodily function and mobility.
There is no question that a TBI has an enormous impact on victims. What many people fail to realize, however, is how profoundly TBI affects a victim’s family members. The Brain Injury Association of America states: “Studies show that caregivers of people who have suffered a brain injury may experience feelings of burden, distress, anger, and depression.”
The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that 5.3 million Americans currently live with brain injury-related disabilities. This accounts for 2 percent of the population. With so many Americans suffering from this debilitating injuries, it’s important for family members and caregivers to have support, guidance, and resources to make daily life easier for everyone.
Tips for Family Members of TBI Sufferers
No matter how devoted you are to someone, it can be physically and emotionally grueling to care for another person day in and day out. Known as “caregiver fatigue,” the exhaustion that comes with tending to another person on a daily basis can cause a caregiver to develop depression as well as feelings of anger and frustration. In some cases, a caregiver may even fall physically ill due to the demands of constant chores and tasks related to caregiving.
To stay healthy and emotionally well, caregivers should remember the following:
- Take time for hobbies and activities. Reserve regular personal time away from the house and caregiving.
- Find a support group. Talking to other caregivers, whether in person or online, can be a tremendous source of support.
- Don’t be afraid to vent. It’s okay to complain or express frustration about caregiving, as long as it’s in an appropriate and supportive environment.
- Don’t neglect other important relationships.
Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can inform you of your options and help you determine the next steps in your case. Call Emerson Straw, PL at (727) 821-1500 to speak to an attorney about your case.