Here are some steps to consider in organizing your home life:
- Identify family, friends, or those in the community who can assist you in the home.
- Ask a friend or adult family member to assume the role of coordinating the Home Care Team. This will take a load off your mind, even if it is short-term help. You can work together to get the outside help you need.
- Outline your tasks. Not just tasks to take care of your service member/veteran with TBI, but tasks that lighten the load for you and other members of the family.
Don’t feel like you need to do everything.
What needs to be done?
Your new “normal” day will now consist of your usual everyday tasks, plus the care and treatment tasks for your family member with TBI. These care and treatment tasks may take up much of your time. Your Home Care Team may be able to help you with many everyday tasks and possibly some of your family member’s care tasks. A possible listing of tasks appears below. If you ask your children for help, be sure the tasks you give them are age-appropriate.
Creating your Home Care Team
- Bring family members and friends together, and request their help in caregiving.
- It is important to accept help because it’s not likely that you can do it all yourself.
- If you do not have time, have a family member or friend help you organize your Home Care Team.
- If possible, ask your family member with TBI which people he or she would like involved.