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Brain Basics program aims to help caregivers of people with brain injuries


August 27th, 2018

Brain Basics program aims to help caregivers of people with brain injuries

'It's very intimidating, it's a very complex injury'

The Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association is raising funds to bring a new brain injury awareness program to the province. (CBC)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association is hoping to bring a new program to the province aimed at helping caregivers of people with brain injuries.

 

 

"It takes particular skills and training to bring brain injury people to a quality of life that we know that they deserve," Tom Lush, the current director and former president of the NLBIA, told CBC's On The Go.

 

The Brain Basics program was originally developed by the Ontario Brain Injury Association and is used to educate caregivers about how to improve the quality of life for people affected by brain injuries. 

 

A learning curve

 

Marina White first became involved with the NLBIA in 2001, after her son Randy sustained a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident.

He went out one night as Randy White and came back another person.- Marina White

 

She knows difficulties of learning how to care for a loved one with a brain injury all too well.

 

"He went out one night as Randy White and came back another person," said White.

 

Adjusting to the reality of the situation is no easy task according to White. It's a process that not everyone can deal with.

 

"It's a learning curve for everyone, for your friends, your family. Some people give up and just walk away from you," said White

 

White says the inability of the injured party to express their needs can be frustrating to both the individual affected and the caregiver.

LEARN MORE: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/brain-basics-program-aims-to-help-caregivers-of-people-with-brain-injuries-1.4799129

Posted on August 27th, 2018