If you have only recently been affected by brain injury you may crave information about what to expect, or you might feel overwhelmed by it all.
In the early stages of diagnosis you probably feel that you want to know as much as possible about the injury, as well as possible treatment options, rehabilitation and how your recovery might progress. We have assembled a range of information on the subjects that may be at the forefront of your mind.
Rehabilitation is a critical part of the recovery process for anyone who’s experienced a brain injury. Experts generally agree that the earlier the intervention, the greater the benefit. However, the form that rehabilitation takes, how it’s funded and maintained long term and how success is measured are all open to debate. Any rehabilitation programme must of course be closely tailored to individual needs, as must continuing care beyond any initial intensive rehabilitation phase.
Rehabilitation must also extend beyond the physical: people who have experienced trauma often need psychological and emotional support to adjust to changed circumstances that could become the ‘new normal’.
There are national charities and regional support groups that can provide both practical and emotional support by connecting you to people who have travelled the same path as you.
You can find links to some of them here.
Financial / benefits
Brain injuries tend to occur suddenly and without warning, and whilst many people make a good recovery and return to work, some may not be able to return in the same capacity if at all. It might be that a spouse or a parent may has to give up work in order to care for a brain injured person. Whatever the situation, access to the right benefits and support is crucial to secure a regular income to meet daily living costs.
You can find more information about benefits here.
If you have been living with a brain injury for some time and are looking for services, our online directory might help you find what you’re after. It provides a comprehensive list of service providers and support groups.
Click here to search The BIG Directory.
You can download the Independent Living Solutions guide to what to expect from a case manager and how they might help below.
The role of a Case Manager (1.0 MiB)
How can the Brain Injury Group help you?
If you’ve been affected by brain injury and need free legal or welfare advice, there are several ways to get in touch:
- Call us on 0800 612 9660 or 01737 888571
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete this short enquiry form and we’ll get back to you