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When No One Understands Your Head Injury or Memory Loss Including Yourself

Posted by Ask Emily on April 29, 2018 at 11:25 AM
Most if not all of us have heard the saying, "Patience is a virtue", this could not be more true when it comes to working with someone with a head injury or memory loss. When a person has a head injury or memory loss, they can become easily frustrated. These people sometimes forget what might seem like the silliest things, but they truly can't help it and are often made fun of and criticized for something that they truly have no control over. When dealing with a head injury or memory loss, you might forget where you set something down, where you parked your car, or maybe something more serious like to take the food out of the oven, or to pick up the kids at school. These are all real life things that sadly can and do happen to people who struggle on a daily basis with head injuries or memory loss. When you find yourself in a situation with someone with a potential head injury or memory loss, be patient with them and stay calm. If you are short tempered with them, that will just add to their frustration and will not help them. When someone has a head injury or memory loss, chances are they will repeat themselves over and over again or ask the same questions over and over again and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Just because a person has a head injury or memory loss, doesn't meant that they can't function on their own at least for the most part. Depending on the severity of the head injury or memory loss, measures might be taken to ensure the person's safety. When a person has a head injury or memory loss, their family might check in on them from time to time if they live alone, or hire someone to come in and make sure that their needs are being met. The family might even hire a company such as Life Alert to be on call 24/7 just in case the person has a medical emergency and needs help, but they don't require someone living with them full time to make sure that this need is met.

Categories: Disabilities and Special Needs, Coping Skills, Discrimination