How a Life Care Planner Can Help TBI Victims
- December 19, 2016
- Catastrophic Injuries
A brain injury can dramatically change a person’s life. It can lead to expensive medical care, extensive rehabilitation and a reduced quality of life. To make matters even worse, others can’t always physically see a victim’s injuries, so they might be less prone to sympathize with their struggles.
After suffering a brain injury, a victim might not even be fully aware of all the ways in which they have changed. It’s not uncommon to hear friends or family members refer to their injured loved one in terms of their behavior “before the injury” versus “after the injury,” even when the victim doesn’t completely grasp the ways in which they have changed.
In other words, brain injuries – and the effects they have on a person – are extremely complex. Adjusting to life after a traumatic brain injury can be a lifelong struggle, and it is not one that should be endured alone. For these reasons, it is often in the best interest of a TBI victim to recruit the services of a life care planner, someone who not only understands the challenges, but can help a victim navigate the tumultuous recovery process that follows a serious injury.
A life care planner is typically a licensed nurse who serves as a case manager for the patient, coordinating care and figuring out a path toward recovery or helping a victim adjust to a new lifestyle. They are an asset for a number of reasons.
How a Life Care Planner Can Help
Coordinating medical care – Brain injuries often occur alongside other serious injuries, such as broken bones or spinal cord injuries. In many cases, a TBI victim must seek healthcare from multiple doctors and medical facilities. One of the major flaws in our current healthcare system is the lack of centralized oversight for patients who see several healthcare professionals for their conditions. A life care planner can help a victim by coordinating the care he or she receives.
Understanding Challenges – A life care planner will know the obstacles in the path of a brain injury victim, and that understanding is a key asset for someone recovering from a serious brain injury. Immediately following an accident, family members and friends will be quick to extend their sympathies to a victim, but after a certain amount of time has passed, the sympathy starts to dissipate, regardless of how patient or empathetic a person might be. A life care planner knows that recovery is a very long road, and they can be a much-needed ally when others struggle to understand their challenges.
Working with Other Professionals – In addition to understanding the healthcare needs of a victim, a life care planner can also be an intermediary, working with family members, attorneys and insurance companies to make sure that the patient is not overwhelmed.
A serious injury of any kind can lead to several setbacks in life, but a traumatic brain injury’s impact is even more acute, changing how a person thinks, what they enjoy, how they handle challenges and how they treat their loved ones. A complicated healthcare system only makes these hurdles more daunting. If you have suffered a TBI, or if you know someone who has, employing a life care manager might make a major difference.