High Hopes Head Injury Program
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tips for family and friends

Here are some practical tips that others have found helpful.

Provide “cues” to aid the survivor’s orientation.

The survivor may need help maintaining this orientation to time, place, or people. Some survivors may have post traumatic amnesia. It is common for the survivor to interact with friends, family, and health care providers and have no recollection of the interaction. Be patient.

 Provide a calendar and clock (preferable without a second hand) to help orient to time. Provide photographs of family, friends, pets, and familiar places. These will help to orient the survivor to people and place. Smaller groups of visitors will be easier for the survivors to handle. This reduces the possibility of too much stimulation.