IOTI-Brain Injury Caregiver Training

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Need:
Over 20,000 Utahns receive medical care as the result of Traumatic Brain Injury annually. Studies show that despite lacking the necessary resources and knowledge, it is the family that more often than not must assume at least some of the responsibility for the survivor's care. Family coping behavior soon after the onset of TBI may be a major determinant of survivor behavioral outcomes. Survivors who receive ineffective problem-solving abilities may be at risk for preventable secondary complications. A variety of educational interventions have been found to increase caregiver knowledge which seems to decrease stress, burden, misplaced anxiety and fear in the longer term

Focus:
Training targets the family members of traumatic brain injury survivors and professionals and paraprofessionals who support people with brain injury.

Objectives:
Caregivers will 1) gain knowledge about brain injury and the potential challenges faced to improve quality of life; 2) learn strategies and problem-solving approaches to respond to and manage brain injury symptoms such as memory loss, fatigue, aggressiveness and inappropriate behavior; 3) learn strategies for caregivers to manage their own well being; and 4) learn to navigate, enroll in and utilize community resources appropriate for both the person with a brain injury and the caregiver.