By Dr. Ivan Castro
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by an injury to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. An individual with a brain injury has a very unpredictable sequence of recovery as no two TBI’s are identical. There is a wide range of severity when it comes to TBI. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can be a lifelong journey with the main component of recovery revolving around learning as much as possible about TBI. Transitioning an injured worker with TBI from a hospital/rehabilitation center to home can be exciting as well as overwhelming for the injured worker and their family/caregivers.
When the injured worker and family/caregivers have made the decision to move back to a familiar setting with the ultimate goal of regaining as much physical and mental functions to maximize their recovery process, it is imperative that the discharge planner begin the transition to home weeks in advance to ensure a smooth, seamless transition home. The severity of head injury will determine the necessary resources needed to provide a safe and secure home environment for the injured worker. With the end goal being a greater sense of independence. These resources may consist of home safety evaluation, home modifications, durable medical equipment (DME), and home health inclusive of skilled therapies. (read the complete article)
To make a referral for Home Health, DME, or Home Modification, please visit www.homecareconnect.com or call 855.223.2228.