The impact of a traumatic brain injury can be tremendous even if the injury was only moderately serious.
TBI can lead to a variety of consequences, including memory loss, diminished cognitive functioning, and even lingering physical effects. These issues can lead to difficult emotions for your parent, including a sense of grief. If your parent is dealing with this type of emotional response they may struggle with pursuing treatment and management approaches and continuing to seek fulfillment and meaning in your later years. By giving them the care and support that they need, you can help your parent to overcome their grief and move forward with greater confidence.
Some ways that you can help your parent cope with grief after they suffer a brain injury:
Be upfront with them about it. Talk to your parent about what they are going through and encourage them to acknowledge it. By opening up about how they are feeling, your parent can feel less isolated and alone, and be more motivated to find ways to cope with it
Acknowledge that they have changed and how. Regardless of the types of changes that your parent has experienced, it is important to acknowledge them rather than avoiding the issue or “beating around the bush”. When you are honest and open about these changes, you release tension for your parent. By acknowledging these changes you show your parent that you know things are different and are willing to deal with it, and that you love your parent and want them to be happy and healthy regardless of the changes
Help them see past the loss of potential. Grief often comes from the sense of losing potential. Your parent might think of things that they will not be able to do, dreams they will not be able to fulfill, and activities that they will no longer be able to participate in. This can be devastating for your parent. Rather than focusing on this loss, however, encourage them to see past this and to what they can still do, accomplish, achieve, and enjoy. Support your parent in finding new goals and dreams, seeking new meaning and fulfillment, and enjoying life in their “new normal”
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them in the course of your caregiver journey.
A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a schedule that is customized not just to them and their individual needs and challenges, but also to you and the amount of care that you give them on a regular basis. This means that they will always have access to the support, care, and assistance that they need, while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. The highly personalized services the care provider will give to your parent are specifically designed to not only address their needs and limitations in the ways that are right for them, but also to encourage them to maintain as much independence as possible and support activity, engagement, and fulfillment as they age in place.