More than 2.8 million emergency room visits and 50 thousand deaths occur each year as a result of traumatic brain injury. As a family caregiver it is important to understand that it is not just the immediate injury itself that is a potential problem when it comes to TBI. Recognizing these complications can help you to create a care routine designed to help them through recovery and as they cope with lingering changes as they age in place.
Some of the possible complications of TBI include:
• Altered consciousness. Generally the result of moderate to severe TBI, this altered consciousness can include vegetative state, minimally conscious state, coma, and locked-in syndrome among other issues.
• Seizures. Seizures within the first week after suffering the injury is a potential result of TBI. For some people, this can continue on for a long stretch after, resulting in a condition known as post-traumatic epilepsy.
• Infections. Just like injuries that occur on other areas of the body, TBI can result in wounds to the tissue around the brain. This can lead to bacteria getting into the injury, potentially resulting in an infection.
• Damage to blood vessels. If the injury to the brain results in damage to blood vessels, your parent can be at increased risk of a variety of serious issues, including stroke and blood clots.
• Intellectual limitations. Injuries to the brain can result in a range of intellectual problems. These ca include issues with problem solving, organization, memory, learning, decision-making, reasoning, multitasking, and reasoning.
• Communication issues. Depending on the area of the brain impacted by the injury, your senior might struggle with communication problems, including difficulty understanding speech, problems with following conversations, difficulty expression emotions and attitudes, and trouble deciphering nonverbal cues used in conversation
If you have been looking for ways that you can boost your parent’s quality of life and ensure that they get all of the care and attention that they need as they age in place, starting elder care may be an ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can fill any care gaps that exist in the care that you give to them. This means that whether you are unable to fulfill all of your parent’s needs due to distance, scheduling conflicts and time restraints, or your own personal challenges and limitations, you can rest assured that they will still get the support, care, and assistance that they need at all times. This can help them to stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and happy while pursuing a lifestyle that is as active, fulfilling, and independent as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Voorhees, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
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