Moderate to Severe TBI
Transitional treatment occurs between rehabilitation and the patient’s return to the community. This therapy is designed to help service members return to active duty. Fortunately, some of the best care available is provided through the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration. In fact, as many as 30 percent of moderate to severe head injury patients are able to return to active duty, although not necessarily to their original job. When return to duty is not possible, teams of healthcare professionals work to retrain service members with skills that will help them lead a productive civilian life.
In addition to dealing with long-term physical injuries, one of the most important parts of transitional treatment involves reintegration of the patient into the family. Challenges may occur in terms of employment, finances, transportation, social life, and other areas. What was considered “normal” before the brain injury, may no longer be “normal.” Rejoining the family may involve learning to accept help and learning new roles for both the patient and family. In some cases, children may be actively involved in the care of a parent. If the patient is married, the roles of both spouses can change dramatically.
Disabilities from moderate to severe TBI can last a lifetime, and treatment may be appropriate many years after the injury. It’s important for survivors, their families, and caregivers to be involved in designing and putting into place a long-term care plan.
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