Life after TBI can be difficult for the individual who was injured as well as their family members. While no two situations are the same, there are many common problems that families face, including having less time for yourself, financial difficulties, role change
s of family members, problems with communication, and lack of support from other family members and friends.
Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury is a complex neurological process. It can be overwhelming to try to understand. It's important to ask questions and participate in your loved one’s care.
Traumatic brain injury: A traumatic brain injury or "TBI" as it is commonly referred to causes damage to the brain. Damage to the brain’s complex connections causes problems with thinking, understanding, remembering, and processing information.
Levels of Consciousness
Severe injuries commonly result in a wide range of impaired consciousness. Consciousness refers often to a person’s awareness of self and their interactions with their environment. Mild injuries may sometimes cause brief timeframes of impaired consciousness such as confusion or disorientation. However, severe injuries may have a period of time whereby they have complete unconsciousness and no awareness of themselves or the world around them. Professionals caring may use terms such as Coma, Vegetative State, Minimal Conscious State, Emerging Consciousness and Post-Traumatic Confusion or Post Traumatic Amnesia for your family member.
Rancho Los Amigos Scale of Cognitive Functioning
The Rancho Los Amigos Cognitive Scale of cognitive functioning was created to categorize the general patterns of improving consciousness and cognition following severe TBI.
More Helpful Resources
- Facts about the Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States after Severe Brain Injury
- Understanding TBI Part 1
- Understanding TBI Part 2
- Understanding TBI Part 3 – The Recovery Process
- Understanding TBI Part 4- For Family Members – How you can help in the process
This publication was produced by the TBI Model Systems in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (http://msktc. washington.edu) with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education, grant no. H133A060070.
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