For Individuals/Families

Supporting Your Family Member

Recovery from a brain injury can be a long and challenging process. If someone in your family has a brain injury, you can play an important role in their recovery.

Health professionals often use the Rancho Los Amigos Scale to describe how a person moves through levels of recovery in the initial months following injury.

It is important to remember that individuals with a brain injury move through the levels at their own rate. 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

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has developed a guide for family and friends that provides more information about the Rancho Los Amigos Scale along with suggestions to support recovery.

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