This can be an overwhelming, confusing and stressful period of time. The following
tips and links are provided to assist you in taking care of yourself and family as
well as navigating the system and getting the appropriate rehabilitation and care.
Tips for Caregivers
- Take care of your life. Do not let your loved one's brain injury take center stage.
Love, Honor, and Value Yourself!
- Eat properly and get enough sleep to maintain your health.
- Get professional help for depression.
- Express your emotions. Cry, grieve, and release your feelings. You can't always "be
strong" and hold it together.
- When people offer help, ACCEPT THE OFFER, suggesting specific things that take up
your valuable time, ie; grocery shopping, laundry, repairs, cleaning the house, child
care, helping to prepare meals, etc.
- Be as informed as possible. Write down questions prior to seeing your loved one's
doctors or therapists. Write down the answers.
- Keep organized. Develop a filing system and carry a notebook.
- Assist your loved on with being as independent as possible. Be open to new technologies
and ideas that promote independence.
- Grieve your losses. then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
- Caregiver Checklist for Family Members of Veterans.
The following links are provided as additional support in taking care of yourself
and loved one.