The impact of a brain injury is far-reaching. It changes almost every aspect of family life in one way or another, and affects every person connected with the child involved; parents, step-parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and extended family.
Children with acquired brain injury can feel like their lives have been turned upside down with no explanation, and it’s hard no longer to be seen for who they are – but only for their disabilities.
Brothers and sisters can feel isolated, guilty and terribly anxious about the new circumstances, often craving some attention, or else feeling responsible in some way.
Parents suddenly have a child whose future completely depends on how they manage the new situation. They must become experts in their child’s health, work through a massive amount of new information and new issues, manage family affairs (which continue regardless), as well as deal with their own reactions to what has happened.
- Discharged from hospital and reintegration into their community
- Rehabilitation and long term medical treatment
- Returning to education
- Welfare and benefits
At the centre of everything we do at the Child Brain Injury Trust are the families we support. We often enter the lives of these families at times of great crisis and tragedy. We do all we can to support the entire family and make sure they have access to local services that can meet their support needs.
For more information on how we can help, please visit our Parents and Professionals page.