Family Caregiver Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury

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This material is intended for caregivers of those with a moderate, severe or penetrating TBI.

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This module describes the brain and how its function is affected by TBI.

Important topics:

  • Basics of TBI and recovery (Chapter 1)
  • Anatomy of the brain (Chapter 2)
  • How TBI can affect many physical, cognitive, communication, and behavioral functions (Chapter 2)
  • Glasgow Coma Scale and the Rancho Los Amigos Scale (Chapter 4)
  • Potential complications (Chapter 5)
  • Uniqueness of the recovery process (Chapter 6)

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It is important for caregivers to keep a journal of their feelings and thoughts throughout the recovery process. Your journal can be used as a reflective tool to show you how far both you and your service member/veteran have progressed through the recovery process.