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Caregiver burn-out is when a family member gets to a point where they have completely exhausted themselves in caring for their loved one with a brain injury. And so a lot of times in that situation what can be really helpful is respite care-- giving the caregiver a break by taking the person to a facility that specializes in caring for someone with a brain injury and giving that person time to readjust, get a breather, relax, and then get back on with life. It's just as helpful for them to take care of yourself as it is to take care of them.

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Services like respite care can help an exhausted caregiver rest and refuel.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.

Michael Paul Mason Michael Paul Mason is the founding editor of This Land, a monthly magazine based in Tulsa. Mason's first book, Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath, is an exploration into the harsh realities endured by people with brain injury. 

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The thing that is tough here in the Southern Tier of NYS is finding facilities that will provide respite anymore. When I first became involved in the field (9 yrs. ago), the company I worked for allowed HCSS (Home Community Support Staff)to provide short-term (24-48 hours) respite care in the individuals home and there was at least one facility (an hour away) that would provide week-long respite. With the changes in DOH protocols, making it more costly and difficult for companies to provide HCSS services (although I agree with the reasoning, for we want the best care possible for our individuals--just think they should have increased the billable fees for this service) my company and others had to discontinue this practice. It is a shame that much of the services we provide come down to money. I applaud all the supporters of Brain Injury survivors and the survivors themselves for making the best of everyday!

Feb 3rd, 2013 5:03am

Adult Day Care is another option that can give a caregiver a much needed break. Some can accept VA benefits, so it may be worth checking with your local Area Agency on Aging for local resources.

Jan 29th, 2013 2:11pm


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