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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Who Helps the Caregivers? | Psychology Today

This is an excellent article that addresses the needs of our heros that make recovery from (or actually adaptation to) brain injury possible: the spouses, parents, and children of the injured!

As TBI victims, one of the best ways we can contribute to our own care is by being patient with those selfless people in our lives who take care of us. Often this means swallowing pride to allow a caregiver to "intrude" on areas we wish they would leave alone. Mostly it means communicating with caregivers in a way that minimizes stress. Bad communication is better than no communication, but caring discussion is best of all.

Another way to help caregivers is to assign a power of attorney for those times when we cannot make the decisions that need to be made. Sometimes this gift of trust is the most valuable way we can say "thank-you." However, be sure you really trust the person to whom you give this power over your life. There have been nightmare scenarios in which children have robbed parents via power of attorney. Don't let that happen.

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