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How to Look for Work After a TBI

TBIReturning to work after a traumatic brain injury can be daunting and incredibly challenging. TryMunity is here to help! Here are some tips for how to look for work after a TBI.

  • Help your union promote a “Return-to-Work” policy for injured workers.
  • Work with your doctors and your employer to prioritize tasks, timelines, hours of work, and even location of work, i.e., telecommute. Allow extra time for completion of tasks, and when necessary negotiate for additional time, and /or support services.
  • Familiarize yourself with your employer’s policies on rehabilitation, re-employment and assistance for job re-entry.
  • Federal law requires that disabled workers be given reasonable accommodations concerning re-employment.
  • Educate your employer concerning the types of accommodations you need to help make your return to work efficient, and productive for all parties.
  • Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers. Discuss the types of  support and assistance that they can offer to assist you in your return to work
  • If you are a member of a union, help them to help you. You can make a difference not only for yourself and your co-workers, but for future generations.
  • Work together and adhere to Occupational Health and Safety practices.
  • Make workplace safety foremost in the minds of your co-workers. Join with them in sticking to the practices.

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Do you have further questions about how to look for work after a TBI? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

5 Things NOT to Say to Someone Recovering From a TBI

brain injury supportDo you know someone who has suffered from a traumatic brain injury? If so, it can be difficult to know what to say. However, here are five things NOT to say to someone who has been afflicted with a TBI:

  1. “Maybe you should be more active.” Often, especially in the days and weeks just after recovery, a person with a TBI may demonstrate signs of being sluggish and apathetic. But, this is far from being abnormal.
  2. “Maybe your problem is that you take too many medications.” Blaming anything on medications is never a good idea. Why? Because you’re not a doctor, and by blaming meds for anything, you could stop someone from taking an important drug prematurely.
  3. “I will do that for you.” Encouraging the TBI survivor in your life to do things on his or her own is crucial. Regaining independence is a vital part of the recovery process!
  4. “You should just be grateful that you’re alive.” Telling someone that they’re lucky to be alive and that they should just be grateful is not helpful — for anyone.
  5. “You seem perfectly okay to me.” There are many, many invisible signs of  the TBI recovery process. By telling someone they seem okay when they aren’t feeling that way will only lead to hurt feelings.

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Do you have further questions about things not to say to someone recovering from a TBI? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

Tips for Increasing Brain Injury Awareness in Your Community

How to Find TBI Groups in Your CommunityTraumatic brain injuries are a serious health concern. When such a large percentage of the population is affected with something so life-altering, it’s time to increase awareness in your community. Here are some of the best ways to spread TBI education, within your personal community:

Do Research Yourself. Educating yourself on the intricacies of traumatic brain injuries is an important first step. There are so many excellent TBI resources out there – here at TryMunity, we’ve included in-depth information on both traumatic and acquired brain injuries, as well as concussions.

Talk to TBI Survivors. Talking to TBI survivors on a personal level is crucial. This is the only way to gain an understanding of just how much brain injuries can affect people – including the people that we love. Talking to someone who’s experienced a TBI will help provide invaluable insight into this health issue, and will likely give you a more nuanced, empathic overall perspective of brain injuries.

Give Back. Donate to TBI causes, or volunteer your time with a reputable TBI organization. You could also donate to TryMunity today – your support will go towards raising awareness of this issue, and providing important support for families dealing with TBI.

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Do you have further questions about how to increase brain injury awareness within your personal community? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance. We look forward to telling you more!

Avoiding Concussions During Spring Sports

Football InjurySpring sports season is here, and you know what that means – concussion season. Concussions are no fun, and they can also be life-threatening. This can be a scary risk associated with sports, but there are some ways to reduce your chances of getting concussed. Follow our tips for avoiding concussion during spring sports season:

  • Wear helmets and other protective headgear. When it comes to high-contact sports, there is no excuse for not wearing a helmet or other headgear, regardless of whether you are practicing or playing an actual game. You should also always close a chin strap if you are wearing a helmet.
  • Play by the rules. This one’s important! To ensure that you avoid concussions and other injuries, playing by the rules is essential – and could very well save your life.
  • Check the field or arena. If you’re playing a sport outdoors, checking over the field can be helpful. Why? Because, this way, you can spot uneven patches or holes in the field – both of which can be treacherous. Check the field to ensure that you reduce your risk of getting a concussion.
  • Wear the appropriate equipment. In addition to wearing a helmet, other protective gear is important, too. If your sport requires padding or other equipment, you should always wear this to avoid getting concussed.

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Do you have further questions about how avoid concussions during spring sports season? If so, don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

Practical Ways to Find a TBI Support Network

Overcoming Adversity That Comes With TBIAre you or a loved one struggling with a traumatic brain injury? If so, one of the best things you can do is find a specialized support group, or network of people who are dealing with (or have dealt with) a TBI. Why? Because having a TBI can be an extremely isolating experience. It can be easy to lose sight of what’s important, and it can be easy to forget that there are other people out there going through the same things that you are. Finding a good TBI-specific support network will be a wonderful, healing experience for both the TBI survivor and his/her family and friends. Below, we’ve listed a couple ideas for practical ways to find a TBI support network:

Facebook. Or any social media, really. By reaching out on Facebook, you’re bound to find a host of great groups to join — either virtually or in person.

Meetups.com. This website is chock-full of all kinds of different “meet-up” groups (i.e. like-minded people who have formed a kind of club), so you’ll likely fund some great resources and groups here.

TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we’re proud to offer a widespread support network for TBI survivors and their families and friends. Consider joining us today!

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Do you have further questions about how to support a family that’s been affected by a TBI? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

 

5 Ways to Support a Family Affected by a TBI

TBIIf you know someone who’s been affected by a TBI, then you know that this can be a very difficult time – both for the TBI survivor, as well as his or her family members. You may be wondering how you can help (or if you can help, at all). First, the answer is YES – you can certainly do your part to help! Here are some helpful ways to support a family that has been affected by a traumatic brain injury:

  • Make food. Cooking and bringing food over to the family is always a great idea. There’s no better way to show you care than through homecooked food!
  • Read up on traumatic brain injuries. Another excellent way to support the family? Read up on what they’re going through!
  • Help them find a supportive community for TBI survivors. There are people out there experiencing the same challenges – help the family find their fellow TBI community.
  • Check in on them frequently. One of the best things you can do is to check in on the family from time to time, to let them know they aren’t forgotten.
  • Just show up. Sometimes, one of the best things we can do for loved ones that have been affected by a TBI is to simply show up.

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Do you have further questions about how to support a family that’s been affected by a TBI? Don’t hesitate to contact TryMunity. Here at TryMunity, we provide a vast, comprehensive web of resources for just that! We also have several support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you, and offer our assistance.

Top 5 Myths About TBIs

brain injury supportIf you or someone you love has been afflicted with a traumatic brain injury (or, TBI), then you know: there are several poorly-informed myths surrounding this type of injury. Here are the top 5:

  • If a person looks okay after he or she has been impaired, they must be okay. Wrong! It is very possible for a person who has just sustained a TBI to be walking around and talking to people, without realizing the extent of their injuries.
  • Mild TBIs are not very debilitating. Even those people who have mild TBIs may experience severe or long-lasting consequences, that run the gamut from physical symptoms to psychological consequences.
  • Recovery is a linear process. Not at all – recovery can be very messy, inconsistent, and those with TBIs may feel better or worse at different times throughout the recovery period. Recovery from a TBI does not follow a neat pattern. There is no timeframe or limit; each person’s recovery looks quite different. It’s true!
  • TBI’s only happen when someone gets knocked unconscious. Nope! Some people with TBI’s are only dazed for a few minutes or two, but they never get knocked unconscious.
  • Your IQ is affected by your traumatic brain injury. Wrong again – your IQ level is certainly not automatically affected by your TBI.

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Mobile Games to Redevelop Critical Thinking and Memory

Overcoming Adversity That Comes With TBIOne of the most unfortunate side effects of a traumatic brain injury (or, TBI) is the subsequent memory loss and cognition failure that can occur. But, there ARE ways to combat this. When it comes to recovering memory and fine-tuning your cognitive powers, there are various mobile games and apps out there that do the trick!

  1. For Android users, try…Memory Trainer or Brain Workout. Both Memory Trainer and Brain Workout are top-tier, effective apps designed to help train your brain. Memory Trainer incorporates lots of fun exercises and mini-games that work out your spatial memory, and general focus and concentration. Brain Workout does much the same — this app has various games that test your memory, concentration, and reaction times, all while tracking your progress.
  2. For iPhone users, try…Portrait Health Brain Teasers, Brain Trainer, or Duolingo. Duolingo is a foreign language learning app, but it can help significantly with both your memory and cognitive abilities. Portrait Health Brain Teasers tests you in five different areas: visual perception, memory, critical thinking, word skills, and general coordination. Lastly, Brain Trainer is a popular app, for a reason — this app features several different mini-games that are guaranteed to hone your cognitive skills, enhance your memory, improve your focus and mental flexibility, and help with problem solving, as well.

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Do you have further questions about redeveloping critical thinking skills and memory through mobile apps? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you and offer our assistance!

Getting Financial Help with TBI Medical Bills

TBIWhen it comes to experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), this can be a painful time both physically, mentally…and financially. If you or a loved one has been struck with a TBI, you may be wondering how you’re going to pay for those pesky medical bills that never seem to stop piling up. Here at TryMunity, we’re focused on providing helpful resources for TBI survivors and their friends and family members. Read on for our tips on how to get help with your TBI medical bills:

  • Worker’s compensation. Collecting your rightful worker’s comp can often be one of the biggest financial resources out there. If you or your loved one experienced a brain injury while on the job, always check into receiving potential worker’s compensation.
  • Disability insurance. You may be able to file a disability claim, which can be hugely helpful, financially speaking.
  • Health insurance. It’s always worth doing in-depth research and inquiring with your specific health care provider, to see what they may be able to cover. Your insurance provider may not always be explicit with you upfront about this, which is why it’s important to do research on your own.
  • Social Security disability. You’ll likely want to consult with a specialized attorney first, but it is possible to file a Social Security disability claim. (And speaking of attorneys, it’s also worth inquiring with a legal expert about receiving compensation from parties were responsible for your TBI.)

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Do you have further questions about receiving financial support for your traumatic brain injury? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you.

Lifelong Impact: Is TBI Recovery Possible?

Acquired Brain InjuryWhen it comes to traumatic brain injuries, one of the most common questions we hear is: Is recovery possible? While the answer to this question isn’t always simple, here are some of the major facets of the typical TBI recovery process:

  • Confusion and disorientation is normal, and to be expected. A state of confusion often follows a TBI. While this stage of TBI recovery can be hard on the patient, it WILL get better.
  • The fastest improvements tend to happen in the six-month period following the injury. During these six crucial months of the TBI recovery process, this is when the patient’s improvement will be most rapid. This is NOT to say that improvements will not occur after the six-month period is up, but they will likely occur at a slower pace. This is okay, and it is a normal part of recovery.
  • It’s normal for recovery to inconsistent. Though it can be frustrating when a TBI patient experiences “relapses” or other forms of inconsistent behavior, just know that this is normal.
  • Recovery is possible – but it may be a long road. The truth is, while exact recovery time is wholly dependent on the TBI patient’s injuries, recovery IS possible. There may also be long-term impacts and effects, which is why it’s always best to consult a neurologist or other professional to determine recovery time.

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Do you have further questions about TBI recovery? At TryMunity, we provide a vast web of resources and support systems for those afflicted with a traumatic brain injury, or who know of someone who is. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Join the TryMunity community today, and take advantage of all that we offer. We’re always happy to speak with you.