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How caregivers can aid those facing a permanent disability

It's often said that physical health and mental health are strongly interconnected. For Delaware residents who have suffered brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, the sudden need to cope with a permanent disability can be draining both physically and mentally.

When a brain injury occurs as the result of someone else's negligence, family members are often at a loss regarding where to turn for help. They and their loved one are typically faced with huge medical expenses, a drastic change in lifestyle and, frequently, lots of legal confusion. A skilled brain injury attorney can help families who want their loved ones to receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

According to the National Caregivers Library, there are several broad areas that loved ones can address to try and make life a little easier for their disabled family member or friend. For example, someone who has become disabled will likely need more time - sometimes significantly more time - to complete formerly simple daily activities. Caregivers can assist by helping their loved one form a schedule and plan for the time it will take for routine activities.

In addition, today's technology has made life with a disability much more manageable for those with brain damage and other injuries; family members can help by doing their research and inquiring about compensation for rehabilitation. Another suggestion is to help with big events such as travel by planning ahead and making all necessary accommodations for their loved one. By making a plan, family members can not only tackle potential problems but also show their loved one they involved in the process of moving forward.

It's important for family members to keep in mind that there is no textbook guide to responding to a sudden disability, especially if that disability is permanent. Their loved one may feel depressed, irritable, angry and a whole host of other emotions. However, one thing they do not have to feel is powerless in the event of another person's negligence. Qualified legal help can smooth a path for obtaining compensation for long-term care.

Source: National Caregivers Library, "Coping With Disabilities," accessed Aug. 8, 2016

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