Moving Those With Special Medical Equipment For A Brain Injury

moving with a traumatic brain injury

Moving is never easy, but it can be especially tricky for those with a brain injury. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can impair memory, cognition, motor skills, and problem-solving abilities. This can make day-to-day activities and conversations a challenge. Like the elderly or disabled, individuals who are recovering from a TBI often need assistance from a loved one or professional caretaker, especially when coping with life-changing events such as moving home. If you’re helping a loved one with a brain injury to relocate, here are some ways that you can work to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Give Plenty of Time to Prepare

Moving is a complicated process, and it can be even more so for someone with a TBI. You should help your loved one to start preparing well ahead of their moving date so that neither of you get overwhelmed. It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to secure a mover, as companies can book up months in advance during peak moving seasons. You should also plan out how you’ll pack, store, and unpack each room ahead of time to streamline the relocation process. It’s a good idea to plan out where large items and pieces of furniture will go in the new place using a blueprint mockup.

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Take on the Heavy Lifting

Recovering from a brain injury can be a lengthy process that requires rest and relaxation. If you’re helping out a loved one with a TBI, you should try your best to help them avoid any unnecessary stress. When moving, this may mean that you take on the bulk of the responsibility. You should be the main contact with the moving company, lawyers, realtors and any other third parties involved in the relocation. Brain injuries can affect speech, memory, and even inhibitions, making it difficult for those with a TBI to act appropriately in a professional setting.

Offer Support

Coping with a TBI can be difficult enough on its own, but it can be even more of a challenge during the upheaval of moving. It’s important that people with a brain injury have a shoulder to lean on if they’re feeling stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed. In addition to helping with the financial, legal, and professional side of the move, you should also try to offer calm and collected emotional support when your loved one needs it.

After a brain injury, it can be difficult to get life back on track, especially in the middle of a move. Luckily, loved ones and caretakers can help to make the process a little bit less painless. If you know a friend or family member with a TBI who is relocating, extending a helping hand will mean the world to them.

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About the Author:

Chrissy Peters

Is a freelance writer and editor, having previously worked in the home care industry for a decade.

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