Millions of people around the world are dealing with the aftermath of traumatic brain injuries, as are their friends and families. TBIs can drastically alter a person’s life, their ability to live independently, and their emotional stability. If you are supporting someone who has undergone serious head trauma and who is struggling to recover, here are a few ways you can motivate them to keep pushing through their mental and physical concerns.
Help Them With Daily Tasks
As TBI survivors learn to deal with their new situation, they may struggle to accomplish basic daily tasks like cooking and cleaning. You can help them immensely by providing some assistance and teaching them methods to accomplish their to-do lists. Bring a meal or two by, then show them how they can make the meal themselves. Help clean their house and look into services that can give them the support they need.
Provide Support at Doctor Appointments
Doctor appointments can be nerve-wracking, so offer your company as often as you can. The survivor will appreciate your support, no matter what news they hear during the appointment. Plus, you can drive them to the hospital or doctor’s office if they need transportation.
Encourage Them to Engage in Social Activities
Many TBI survivors tend to withdraw from their regular social circles, which can lead to depression and sadness. Finding a community for TBI survivors is important, though. Don’t force them to go out if they don’t want to, but invite them to fun events with friends and family to encourage social engagement on a regular basis. This will help keep them in a healthy mental state so that they are able to fight their battles with the injury effectively.
If someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, reach out to TryMunity. It’s an online community of TBI survivors and their loved ones, who are available to offer support and advice to others in need. Join TryMunity today at www.trymunity.com.