The Caregiver's Journey

What to do if Caregiving is too much?

It is helpful to know yourself and your limits. Your back-up plan may include finding temporary or more permanent residential care for your family member with TBI. Discuss quality of life issues with your family and healthcare professionals. Your choices may include:

  • Give others permission to care for your loved one. 
  • Seek assisted-living facilities and board and care homes — for those who have difficulty living alone, but do not need daily nursing care.
  • Consider nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities — for individuals who need 24-hour nursing care and help with daily activities. Skilled nursing care can also be provided at home by nurses you hire.

Check with your case manager(s), VA liaison, and/or military liaison for residential care benefits that may be available to your family member with TBI.

Many organizations will assist service members/veterans and families in paying for additional costs. Talk with your case manager to help learn more about this. Learn more about residential facilities from these fact sheets from the Family Caregiver Alliance.