U.S. Army photo by Kim Wheeler, Fort Jackson Leader
As a caregiver for a husband with traumatic brain injury (TBI), Rosemary Rawlins shares insights garnered from her own experiences along with insights from other caregivers and family members in her blog, “Learning by Accident,” on BrainLine.
In this blog post, Rosemary reminds us that sometimes the most helpful thing we can do for our loved ones is to just listen to them.
Here’s one simple way that caregivers can help their family members with TBI: just listen.
Listening is an act of love, and it’s critical for caregivers. In the day-to-day rush, it’s easy to half-listen or not offer your full attention. But listening well allows you to better understand your loved one’s feelings, challenges and needs, which will help you handle problems and know when to offer encouragement.