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What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

By Denise Roskamp

A traumatic brain injury can be one of the most challenging injuries that your senior care face during their later years. A leading cause of disability and death among all age groups, but particularly among elderly adults, TBI compromises the function of the brain and can result in lingering limitations and challenges. As a family caregiver, being able to recognize the potential signs and symptoms of such an injury is an important part of making sure that you get them the medical attention that they need and offer the level of care and support necessary to help them through recovery.

Some of the signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include:

• Loss of consciousness for up to a few minutes
• Confusion
• Disorientation
• Fatigue
• Loss of balance
• Blurred vision
• Ringing in the ears
• Bad taste in the mouth
• Difficulty detecting smells
• Sensitivity to light or sound
• Concentration problems
• Feeling depressed

Some of the signs and symptoms of a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury include:
• Longer stretches of unconsciousness, up to several hours
• Lingering headache
• Severe or worsening headache
• Convulsions
• Seizures
• Vomiting or nausea
• Weakness in the fingers
• Loss of coordination
• Severe confusion
• Slurring of the speech
• Combativeness
• Agitation
• Inability to waken after falling asleep
• Clear drainage from the nose

It is not always immediately evident how serious a brain injury is. It is essential that your parent always see a doctor any time that they suffer a fall or other accident that involves hitting their head, no matter how minor it may seem. This ensures that whatever type of injury that they did sustain they can address properly.

If you have been looking for ways that you can boost your parent’s quality of life and ensure that they get all of the care and attention that they need as they age in place, starting elder care may be an ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can fill any care gaps that exist in the care that you give to them. This means that whether you are unable to fulfill all of your parent’s needs due to distance, scheduling conflicts and time restraints, or your own personal challenges and limitations, you can rest assured that they will still get the support, care, and assistance that they need at all times. This can help them to stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and happy while pursuing a lifestyle that is as active, fulfilling, and independent as possible as they age in place.

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/brain-injury-statistics/
http://www.traumaticbraininjury.com/
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302
http://www.biausa.org/living-with-brain-injury.htm

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN CONCORD, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.