Tips For Family and Friends
An admission to the hospital is hard on everyone, especially with so many unknowns. Please remember to rest, eat, and take any daily medications that you have been prescribed while you are here to visit. We understand that this admission will be stressful. We will take care of your loved one, but we need you to stay healthy too!
Keep a journal. This will help you express all of your anger and fears when there is no one around to vent to. A journal will also provide you an opportunity to look back and see the progress that has been made, keep up with friends that have visited and phone calls to return.
Attend the Trauma Family class that is held every Tuesday in our waiting room from 11am till noon by our Pastoral Services.
Keep a to-do list. Life outside the hospital doesn't stop. Make a list of things that need to be done at home so that friends who offer help can keep pets fed and plants watered and bills paid.
Don't skip important events! If your bedside nurse tells you things are stable that day, keep your cell phone on and go. Everyone needs a break from the hospital from time to time. Do not feel guilty about stepping away for a few hours.
The ICU can be over-stimulating. We recognize that this can be stressful. Please let the providers and nurses worry about the alarms.
"Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity"
Helping With Recovery
Once your loved one can tolerate the interaction (always ask your nurse first) you can start to:
- Talk about things that have happened recently
- Remind them what day it is, what season, and what year
- Play their favorite music or their favorite TV show
- Do not keep the music or TV constant, as it will only become background noise
- Promote their independence
- Encourage them to do as much as they are physically capable of doing
- Show recent pictures of family and be hopeful about the future
Support Group Meetings (Meetings may change due to COVID-19)
(To be announced)
Brain Injury Association of Tennessee Support Group
Meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st-floor conference room from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.(please note meetings may have changed due to Covid)
TN Virtual Support Groups
If you would like to be included in the weekly participation announcements, please contact:
Lisa J. Morgan, CTRS
Executive Director/Service Coordinator
Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association
Tennessee Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Disability Rights TN
Resources for professionals
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