Assisted living is not meant for the elderly alone. This can also apply when you or a family member suffers from a brain injury, as the effects can be anywhere from minimal to extreme. It’s not always easy to care for someone in this condition, especially when you have other obligations, like work, school, or your children. If you’re the one who suffered from a brain injury, then you have all the more reason to get the help of experts in the medical field, so you can be certain that every move you make is geared toward the full recovery of either yourself or the patient.
After suffering from a brain injury, there are situations when opting for assisted living will be necessary. This article highlights some of these signs:
1. You’re Starting To Get Disoriented
Being disoriented means you no longer have a good grasp of what’s going on around you. It can be as simple as forgetting what you’ve been doing, but it can also be as severe as wandering alone in an unfamiliar place, thereby posing a danger not only to yourself, but also to those around you. For instance, if you wander off alone, you may easily get run over or hit by a fast-moving vehicle as your disorientation may manifest into your being unaware of road hazards.
Disorientation can have the following symptoms:
- You truly believe that you’re seeing things, but they don’t actually exist
- You’re struggling with your ability to focus
- You’re easily upset and agitated
If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, opting for assisted living may help since you will have a medical practitioner with you 24/7 who can help you track your medical history. This can help increase the likelihood of success in your entire treatment process.
On the other hand, if ever you decide to place your loved one in a nursing home, be wary that some may not be as trustworthy as they make themselves out to be. To ensure that your loved one would get the best care they deserve, there are tools that can give helpful hints so you can avoid risky or shady nursing homes.
2. You’re Starting To Become Aggressive Or Hostile
Because of all the changes a brain injury can induce, you or a loved one who may have suffered from the injury could also start to become more irritable, agitated, and aggressive. Left unaddressed, this may dampen personal relationships with the family caregiver, who might start to feel upset and have difficulty dealing with you.
Being in an assisted living facility is advantageous to both you and your family or caregivers. For the latter, they’ll have tips from experts about how to deal with your aggressive tendencies as you go through recovery. That way, whenever you gather as a family or whenever they visit you, understanding and love is better fostered instead of violent reactions.
More importantly, this can also teach the patient to better manage their tendency to resort to aggressive behavior. For instance, in the assisted living facility, you’ll be able to learn how to do the following:
- Count before reacting
- Talk a walk around the complex so you can free yourself of any bottled-up emotions, which may lead to aggression
- Repeat a positive mantra that can help you relax and take it easy
3. You Need Proper Emotional Support
When you suffer from a brain injury, it’s not just the physical aspect of it that’s going to be difficult. You'll also need emotional support.
Unfortunately, if you don’t always have people around you at home to help you out, emotional support could be absent. You'll need someone to talk to who can understand what you’re going through, and help you deal with your sudden emotional changes. This you can have through an assisted living facility.
Proper emotional support can encourage you to conquer any (or all) of the emotional constraints you’re facing. This positive and healthy outlook will enable you to live through better days despite the challenges caused by your brain injury.
4. You Need Help With Day-To-Day Tasks
Depending on the severity of your brain injury, you may also need help when it comes to day-to-day tasks. Cook, cleaning, and managing any of your other personal affairs may become too overwhelming for you. And while it’s helpful to have a family member or relative with you all the time, not everyone might be available to accommodate your needs.
Assisted living arrangements, therefore, work best for those who are unable to care for themselves. This way, you can still accomplish your daily chores and activities with more ease compared to when you’re outside of the care facility.
Each person copes differently with brain injury. As its effects start to manifest, you may progress (or regress), particularly when it comes to your health. In many instances, fully recovering from a severe brain injury is often close to impossible, but improving the overall quality of your life is possible with assisted living. If you’ve long wondered whether or not assisted living is necessary, the telltale signs above should be able to help you decide.
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