Caring For A Family Member After An Accident

Serious accidents can cause a number of injuries and depending on the situation and the accident, the severity of the impact could differ. Series accidents could injure any part of your bodies; in this article we will discuss the most common injuries that occur and give you advice on how to care for a family member that has been injured by a serious accident.

Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are very common amongst serious accident sufferers. They are commonly seen in car accidents and the most common injury a driver or a passenger suffers in a car accident is a closed head injury. Depending on the circumstance, the injury could range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury. The signs may not be obvious at first but to ensure all the risks have been considered, a thorough medical check is a must and can be crucial in avoiding long term health issues.

If any of your family members have been involved in a serious accident that has severely injured their brain there are treatments that could help them to recover. Brain injury rehabilitation centres are very helpful in nursing sufferers back to health. Brain injury rehabilitation centres not only help the patient but help the family to cope with this stressful situation and the disabilities which may remain.

If your family member is left with severe disabilities after the accident home support services could help you with taking care of them. As finding the right treatment and the right person to take care of your family member could be a difficult choice, many of the brain injury rehabilitation centres offer home support services. If you were pleased with the treatment at the brain injury rehabilitation centre, you could ask them to provide you with home support services. Home support services are flexible; you can fit it around your schedule and the specific needs of you family member.

Although it is advised that the most obvious progress occurs during the six months of recovery, as a carer, you will have to bear in mind that the timescales for recovery will differ depending on the severity of the accident. Don’t get stressed if you think your family member is not recovering as quickly as they should, be patient.

Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries are another common form of injuries which occur from many accidents. Neck injuries could range from whiplashes and strains to more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc injury. Back injuries could range from: sprains, fractures, disc injuries, spine injuries, and lumbar spine injuries. Just like brain injuries, the symptoms of even the most neck and back injuries could take some time to show up.

Neck and especially back injuries could affect a person’s mobility. As a carer for your family member you will need to ensure that they have subsequent support during their recovery time. These types of injuries will cause a lot of pain and discomfort therefore you should consider their comfort at all times and take all the necessary measures to give them enough comfort. Home support services could be arranged to support your family members if you feel that it is necessary, they can give your family member the extra support to help with their recovery.

Psychological Injuries
The injuries that occur in serious accidents are not only limited to physical ones, experiencing a serious accident for all the sufferers is a very traumatic experience which can lead to psychological injuries occurring. These injuries could be long term or short term.

The main thing you can do to help your family member if they have psychological injuries is to make sure you do not force anything on them. If they were involved in a serious car accident, they may not want to drive or be driven anywhere in a car. You should try and find alternative transport rather than forcing them to travel by car.

If you think your family member is suffering with psychological injuries, the best thing to do would be to seek professional help; therapists can help them and work with the root of their problems.

No matter how severe or mild you think the accident is if you or any family member is involved in an accident your first point of call should be to get medical attention. Showing no obvious signs does not mean you are not injured therefore getting a thorough medical check will put your mind at ease and if any injuries have occurred, you will be ensuring that the treatment begins as soon as possible which could be crucial in speeding up the recovery process.

This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Voyage, providers of brain injury rehabilitation and home support services. Find out more about both home support services and brain injury rehabilitation on their site.