It weighs only 3 pounds, 75% of which is water, yet it produces enough energy to power a light bulb and to process information at a speed of up to 268 miles per hour. Our brains are perhaps the most incredible, complex, and mysterious parts of our bodies. And one strong bump can result in sometimes irreparable damage.
In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, North River Home Care offers education and resources on the sometimes hidden effects and disabilities associated with brain injury. While to the average observer, someone suffering from a mild brain injury could appear perfectly normal, the effects on memory, personality, thinking, movement, and more can last for days or even a lifetime. And surprisingly, most head injuries occur through what neurologist Viet Nguyen refers to as “nondramatic incidents” – falling out of bed, bumping into a car door, and other seemingly innocuous events.
For those suffering with or recovering from a head injury, normal activities of daily living can be a struggle. Professional home care agencies can serve as a lifeline to those with confusion, exhaustion, or cognitive functioning issues by assisting with cooking, housecleaning, transportation, and personal care. They can also offer respite for family caregivers, who can quickly become overwhelmed in trying to manage the needs of a loved one in addition to their own needs.
Contact North River Home Care to learn more about how we can help improve quality of life for those with brain injuries, and the family members who love them.