For Individuals/Families

Supporting Someone with a Brain Injury

Recovery from a brain injury can be a long and challenging process. If someone you know has a brain injury, you can play an important role in their recovery by learning more about brain injuries and how to support them.

Recommended resources:

Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning Scale – A Guide for Family and Friends (developed by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre): Health professionals often use the Rancho Los Amigos Scale to describe how a person is recovering in the first few months after their injury. Remember: a person with a brain injury moves through these levels at their own pace. Some people may:

  • move from one level to another.
  • never be at the lower levels.
  • never reach the higher levels.
  • be in more than one level at the same time.

Caregiving After Brain Injury (Ontario Brain Injury Association): Includes information about the levels of recovery and how you can support your loved one. There are six modules that provide education and guidance for family members and caregivers.

Ontario Brain Injury Association’s HELPLINE: If you are supporting someone after a brain injury, it’s important to look after yourself too. For help or support, call the HELPLINE at 1-800-263-5404.

For information on brain injury services in Toronto and GTA, contact us.

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