Acquired Brain Injury

Brain injuries experienced as the result of a fall, a stroke or a traffic accident.

Acquired brain injuries are different from genetic or congenital brain injuries. The category of acquired brain injury includes traumatic brain injuries, like ones experienced as the result of a fall, a stroke or a traffic accident. Aneurysms are also considered acquired brain injuries and so are brain tumours, as well as incidents of brain haemorrhage and encephalitis. The treatments and recommended guidelines of care around acquired brain injury vary greatly, depending on each individual situation, and Guardian Angel Carers can work in tandem with any members of the team of medical professionals in charge of your care or your loved one’s care.

Acquired brain injury can create difficulties for months or even years after the injury…

Minor cases of acquired brain injury that involve concussion, for example, are approached differently by medical professionals than serious situations that can emerge from a diagnosis of meningitis or brain cancer. In all cases of acquired brain injury, however, people can potentially experience difficulties for months or even years after the injury to the brain and head. It can be difficult to determine the scope of a person’s brain injury right away because of the complex nature of the brain. No matter what, it seems that the more serious the problem, the more likely the consequences will need long-term care, which is where Guardian Angel Carers can help.

Acquired brain injury can result in many challenges for both the person who has sustained the injury and loved ones who spend time caring for the person. Sometimes, personality and temperament can be affected by brain injury, which also complicates matters for loved ones and others who care for the injured person. Changes in behaviour and communication problems can sometimes feel alarming and confusing for everyone involved, for example. Difficulty with executive functioning can sometimes mean that previously simple and straightforward tasks are suddenly strenuous; as well, problem-solving skills and the ability to think flexibly and decisively might also be compromised. Sometimes, a previously self-aware person will behave in unexpected ways after a brain injury, displaying a lack of emotional control or a disregard for social expectations and boundaries. Guardian Angel Carers can offer consistent, sensitive home care at these moments.

Effects on families of those with acquired brain injuries

Loved ones and people in the position to care for the person with a brain injury often notice other changes, ones that might inspire concern for the person’s mental health. If an acquired brain injury was sustained during a potentially traumatising incident, like an accident or a fall, ensuing mental health issues can sometimes be linked to the physical and cognitive changes that arrived with the brain injury. Sometimes, a brain injury can lead to emotional changes and mood swings that might indicate depression, anxiety, acute frustration and anger, or even PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Psychological symptoms like repetitive bad memories and nightmares might lead to feelings of fear and instability in a person with brain injury. Fortunately, help and support for these invisible scars is definitely available starting with the person’s GP and rehabilitative health team, and our CareAngels are trained to be helpful in situations like these and many others.

Due to the complicated effects of acquired brain injury, many people who experience brain injury find themselves needing to rely on others more for help. Adjusting to cognitive and emotional changes and hormonal imbalances, for example, can be a long process, and Guardian Angel Carers can offer support every step of the way. Contact us to learn more about the customised home care Guardian Angel Carers can provide.