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How an App Gave My Daughter a Voice

Kara was growing up and thinking about the future. She would tell us, " I want my own life. I want my own house when I grow up." So I began going to conferences that focused on people with disabilities and became intrigued with technology. As Kara grew into young adulthood, technology became the key that would open the door to her independent life.

Long-Term Care Facility & Nursing Home Care After Severe Brain Injury

Long-Term Care Facility & Nursing Home Care After Severe Brain Injury

If your survivor is not yet ready for rehabilitation but no longer requires the special care of an acute hospital, your health insurer will no longer pay the hospital bill. In this situation, you have three options: pay the bill yourself if a bed is available, care for your patient at home or place your loved one in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, until they are ready for rehabilitation. Given that some nursing homes provide substandard care and most have little expertise in brain injury, this can be a chilling prospect.

Brain Injury Rehab: Questions to Ask

Brain Injury Rehab: Questions to Ask
Questions to ask about your loved one's rehabilitation program after a moderate to severe brain injury — questions about the rehab program and rehab team, the role of the family in rehab, addressing behavioral problems and cognitive impairments, paying bills, planning for discharge and daily life.

When Should Rehabilitation Begin After Brain Injury?

When Should Rehabilitation Begin After Brain Injury?

In an ideal world, rehabilitation begins as soon as the survivor is medically stable. No patient should be kept in an acute hospital setting or a nursing home any longer than necessary. Combining the brain’s natural healing process with rehabilitative therapy is crucial to the success of one’s recovery.

Post-Traumatic Amnesia After Brain Injury

Coma to Consciousness: Post-Traumatic Amnesia After Brain Injury

Post-traumatic amnesia is a state of awareness survivors pass through on their way from a coma to full consciousness. Many survivors, when they begin rehabilitation, are going through post-traumatic amnesia.

The Dangerous Trap of the Comparison Game

The Dangerous Trap of the Comparison Game

Sometimes, you might not be playing the comparison game as a team sport; it might be a solo venture. You might look at yourself now, and compare yourself to yourself twenty years ago.

Plain Vanilla

Nicole Bingaman Plain Vanilla

In August, we were presented with both high and low points. Our son, Taylor, was able to attempt to return back to work two days a week. Within fifteen days of returning to work, Taylor lost his brain injury service waiver. We had to hope nothing happened. And then…it did.

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