Often a Brain Injury Requires a Life-Long Plan

Dr. Mariann Young talks about how a TBI needs ongoing assessment for everyone in the family as people age and roles change.

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[Mariann Young, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.] I think the take-home message is to continually assess. You have to assess everything. As families with injured children know, it affects the whole family, so you have to assess your family, you have to assess where the child is, you have to plan. You have to plan—who will take care of this child once you age? Will there be a group home? Will there be a semi-independent living situation that's necessary? Do you believe it's the obligation—if it is? If you have a family that always takes care of their own, who will it be? Is it going to be an older sibling, a younger sibling? How will it impact them? Its a continual assessment, and it's a plan 'cause it doesn't go away. It is lifelong, and you have to continually plan. There are instruments out there. If I can just say the Family Change questionnaire that's been developed—and it's online— is a fabulous tool, but it takes into account everyone's position. It takes into account how the siblings feel— how the injured child—how the injured adolescent—how the couple's doing. I mean, time is that precious commodity that noone has enough of, and you continually try to help, you continually try to assess, and it's lifelong—it's got to be a lifelong plan. [brainline.org]
Posted on BrainLine April 30, 2014.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Justin Rhodes, BrainLine.