If a brain injury left your loved one struggling, it is likely that you are also struggling. It can be difficult to watch someone you love change before your very eyes, and few things can accomplish this more tragically than a brain injury.
In addition to leaving your loved one with physical and cognitive disabilities, the brain trauma may have taken away certain qualities unique to them. While you may hope your loved one will regain many of these lost abilities and characteristics, often doctors can provide only palliative care to those with traumatic brain injuries.
What is palliative care?
You may have heard the term used in relation to those who are in the terminal stages of a disease and not expected to recover. Doctors can treat only the symptoms to make the patient as comfortable as possible. However, palliative care extends beyond those about to die. Your loved one may benefit from palliative care to control some of the common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, including:
- Breathing difficulties
- Side effects of unregulated temperature and blood pressure
- Inability to control emotions
- Loss of mobility
Helping your loved one cope with these and other symptoms may provide a better quality of life. Palliative care often involves numerous medical specialists who work together to assess your loved one’s needs and agree on the most appropriate kind of care. Your loved one’s team will also invite you to participate in the decision-making since you know your loved one best.
When difficult decisions arise
Of course, those with brain injuries are susceptible to other complications, including infections that may be life-threatening. If such a complication should cause your loved one’s health to deteriorate, palliative care specialists can help keep him or her comfortable and assist you in making the difficult end-of-life choices that may be in your loved one’s best interests.
Providing the highest quality care for your loved one means finding medical professionals who will treat the symptoms of the injury and work toward the most reasonable recovery possible. The brain injury your loved one suffered from a vehicle collision, workplace accident or other event may have left you and your family dealing with emotional and financial issues. You may find comfort and help by reaching out for assistance from every available Colorado resource for your loved one’s medical, financial and legal needs.