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Respiratory Therapist—ensures that the patient can breathe adequately

Physical Therapist—helps the patient regain movement

Occupational Therapist—helps with activities of daily living

Speech Therapist—helps the patient return to normal or alternate forms of communication, including cognitive and/or memory strategies

Social Worker—assists patients and families with social, emotional or financial problems resulting from the injury

Nutritionist—consults with the patient and family about eating habits that would most benefit the patient

Neuropsychologist—responsible for testing and tracking the patient’s thinking abilities

Gather Information

With all of the commotion and confusion surrounding a brain injury, you will want to gather as much relevant information as possible and keep that information organized and accessible. A good person to keep this information is the designated family spokesperson. Some items to gather are anything related to the survivor’s actual injury, medical history, medications, hospitalizations, insurance records, legal and financial information, and a journal of questions, answers, and concerns. By gathering information in an organized manner, you will begin to reclaim some feeling of control in your life.

CHAPTER THREE: GETTING INFORMED

LEARNING ABOUT BRAIN INJURY

During this stressful time, family members and loved ones may feel confusion about what’s going on. Learning as much as possible about all aspects of brain-injury

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