If you have a loved one who was seriously injured in a car accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused, not to mention at a loss as to how to support him or her. In this case, you are not alone. Thousands of Tennessee residents are injured in crashes every year. Their loved ones must then learn how to be caregivers, both emotionally and physically. Caring for a seriously injured relative can be a lonely and heartbreaking job. How can you be sure you’re up to the task?

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, becoming someone’s main caregiver is difficult but possible with the right planning and help. Their advice is geared toward those caring for someone with a traumatic brain injury, although it can apply to any type of serious injury. These are some of the ways you can support a loved one who is recovering from a crash:

  • In the hospital, listen to the doctors and follow their instructions. Be sure to stay out of their way during the critical stages immediately following the accident.
  • Write down questions that you and other relatives might have about your loved one’s treatment, and take down the contact information of those involved in his or her care.
  • As your loved one begins to recover, try to understand the emotional and physical effects he or she is going through. Be patient and understanding during this difficult time.
  • Educate yourself on what you might expect during recovery, including long-term care and possible disability benefits.
  • Accept help when others offer it, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Caring for an injured loved one can be exhausting. Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this time as well. Make sure you get adequate rest and take steps to relieve stress. Whenever possible, allow others you trust to step in so you can take a much-needed break.


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