March 16, 2016 by Dean Bellefeuille

Brain Injury

The brain is an incredible, complex machine. While quite small, weighing in at only 3 pounds, it can produce enough energy to power a light bulb and to process information at a speed of up to 268 miles per hour. This amazing structure is also quite delicate. Despite being fairly well protected, one strong bump to the head can result in irreparable damage to the brain.

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, At Home Independent Living offers education and resources on the sometimes hidden effects and disabilities associated with brain injury. While to the average observer, someone suffering from a mild brain injury could appear perfectly normal, the effects on memory, personality, thinking, movement, and more can last for days or even a lifetime. And surprisingly, most head injuries occur through what neurologist Viet Nguyen refers to as “nondramatic incidents” – falling out of bed, bumping into a car door, being at a temporary loss for words, and other seemingly innocuous events.

For those suffering with or recovering from a head injury, normal activities of daily living, such as remembering to take medications, driving, or putting on clothes, can be a struggle. Professional home care agencies can serve as a lifeline to those with confusion, exhaustion, or cognitive functioning issues by assisting with cooking, housecleaning, transportation, and personal care. They can also offer respite care for family caregivers, who can quickly become overwhelmed in trying to manage the needs of a loved one in addition to their own needs.

Contact the Syracuse home care team at At Home Independent Living to learn more about how we can help improve quality of life for those with brain injuries, and the family members who love them.