Every head injury is unique. The severity of injuries varies dramatically, as does the ultimate outcome and it’s impossible to predict how big an impact a brain injury might have on daily life, whether that impact is likely to be permanent, or how many people will ultimately be affected.
The majority of people suffering an acquired brain injury will return to live with their families. That individual may be dealing with physical, psychological, cognitive and behavioural issues as a result of their injury and be confused and disturbed by how their recovery might progress. At the same time, their family and friends will be presented with significant changes in capacity, personality and behaviour that they struggle to understand. People with brain injury are generally more dependant on spouses and parents than they were, which brings new pressures to relationships.
Some people may only be able to return to their family if their home can be adapted to meet their specific requirements. The alternative might be for the entire family to move to a specially adapted house, or for appropriate accommodation for the injured person and their carers to be found. Whatever the route chosen, the impact on the person and the people around them is undeniable.
Add in the possible financial implications of a brain injured person having lost the ability to work – temporarily or permanently – or a family member having to give up work to care for them, and the stresses are multiplied many times over.