When someone suffers a brain injury, they may quickly recover, but many people are left with significant long-term consequences. These can include a variety of both physical and cognitive issues requiring continuous support.
If a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, you may need to help them plan for the future to ensure their continuing care needs are met. The following are 5 ways you can support a loved one with a brain injury to safeguard their future.
Creating a routine
Some of the most common effects of a brain injury are problems with memory and a tendency to confusion. It can, therefore, be highly beneficial for a brain injury patient to have a clearly defined routine in place as this can help them to remember what they need to do each day, including any medication they need to take, places they need to be and other key things they need to stay on top of. If you help them to plan and practice a routine, you can make it much more likely that your loved one will be able to live as independently as possible.
Sorting out benefits
There are a number of benefits someone with a brain injury may be entitled to if they are left unable to work. This includes Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit. Someone with a brain injury may struggle to negotiate the benefits system, however, so they may need your help to make sure they can get the benefits they are entitled to.
Arranging for their care needs
Because people with brain injuries often have difficulty remembering things, as well as a tendency to become confused and anxious, they may not be capable of dealing with the arrangements for their own care. If you can take charge of dealing with their doctors and other medical staff to establish their care needs and then make sure these are taken care of, it can help your loved one get the support they need.
Becoming a Court of Protection deputy
If your loved one has been left without the capacity to make key decisions about their own care, you may need to apply to become a Court of Protection deputy. This can empower you to make decisions about their finances and other affairs, allowing you to ensure their needs are met.
Helping brain injury patients to claim compensation
Many people with a brain injury will need on-going medical treatment, rehabilitation services, and social care, some of which they may be required to pay for. They may also need to give up work, or at least take time off while they recover and to pay for adaptions to their home, medication and specialist equipment.
One way you can help them with these costs is to help your loved one make a brain injury compensation claim. If the injury they suffered was not their fault, they may be entitled to compensation. However, sorting this out may be too confusing or stressful for your loved one to do alone. You may, therefore, need to contact a brain injury solicitor on their behalf and support them during the process to help them get the compensation they deserve.
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