When Your Loved One Is In the Hospital
What can I expect when my family member is in the hospital?
When your loved one is in the hospital after a brain injury, you will be communicating with a medical team. This team will include a trauma doctor, a nurse, and a social worker. Ask questions. Take notes. Ask more questions. Keep a notebook to record your conversations with the medical team. In this way, you will gradually build your understanding of what is happening to your loved one.
Who are the professionals on my “team” for this journey?
Some or all of these professionals may be on your hospital team: Neurosurgeon, Attending doctor, Trauma doctor, Neurologist, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech Therapist, Social Worker/Case Manager
How can a social worker help me in the hospital?
The social worker is an advocate for your loved one in the hospital, helping to make sure he or she receives the best care possible. As you prepare to return home with your loved one, the social worker can help you with this transition.
What is a coma?
A coma is a kind of unconsciousness or semi-consciousness that can happen after a brain injury.
Being available to provide love, support, and encouragement is a most important role that family members can play. Let your loved one know you’re there, keep distractions down, and ask the nurse what else you can do.