Effective and Supportive Long-Term Care Can Make a Massive Difference

For individuals requiring long-term care, it remains essential to provide structure, predictability, and support within a context which provides some meaning for the patient. Survivors of TBIs often fluctuate in their daily emotional experiences. Specifically, patients may experience a sense of hopelessness, helplessness, and despair. Furthermore, a lack of optimism, meaning, and hope can contribute to frustration, agitation, and even suicide. This latter risk is especially pronounced in TBI survivors with impulsive tendencies. For higher functioning individuals, long-term care should be informed by the goal of helping patients enhance their level of personal and social independence (e.g., often through vocational and educational training) in a manner that supports assimilation back into society. Overall, respect, dignity, and professionalism form the foundation of successful long-term care.

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