Brain Injuries » Impact

Impact Upon Families & Relationships:

The social consequences of a brain injury can be devastating. Many people report losing friends and having difficulty cultivating and maintaining new friendships. These difficulties may result from the person experiencing problems with communication. In addition, subtle social skills may have been lost.

Although the effects of brain injury may make it necessary for the injured person to have assistance for up to 24 hours in a day, families often remain or become the primary caregiver and support person. Many families are left to cope on their own, with little understanding of the effects of the injury and the demands of living with an injured family member. Families need support of others who understand the stress within these family systems.

Families and individuals do not have to walk this road alone. There are Brain Injury Associations and support groups throughout North America. To find a Brain Injury Association near you, call the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region at 705-741-1172