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Living With TBI

Ninety percent of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are mild, and most people are able to resume their normal lives. However, some individuals with a mild TBI and those with moderate or severe TBI may have longer-lasting symptoms or life-long symptoms that interfere with daily life. Thankfully, help and treatment options such as community reintegration programs are available for individuals who have experienced a TBI.
Living with TBI requires knowledge and work, so as you begin your journey, it might help to prioritize your goals. This means setting goals that you can achieve in the short-term and long-term.

Research studies indicate that good social support from families, friends and other resources is very important in the recovery process for an individual who has sustained a TBI.

Most common models of community reintegration programs following TBI focus on providing help to individuals with moderate to severe TBIs, especially those with significant persistent symptoms which make returning to the community challenging. One such model is the DVBIC-Johnstown.
Individuals who complete a community reintegration program have high rates of success in achieving their goals that could include any of the following:

-Returning to active or reserve military service
-Starting or continuing technical training or college
-Starting or returning to a civilian job
-Simply resuming normal life with family and friends

Community reintegration is like real life. Community integration brings service members and veterans together who've shared similar experiences. Patients live in a home-like setting while they gain the real-life experiences, skills and goal setting opportunities necessary to return to their military or civilian homes.

Individuals with TBI receive comprehensive rehabilitation therapies including:
-Rehabilitation psychology evaluation and treatment
-Physical therapy
-Occupational therapy
-Speech-language pathology therapy
-Physician evaluation and treatment
-Neuropsychology evaluation and treatment
-Nurse case management
-Family treatment

In the final month of community reintegration, individuals try out their skills and abilities in independent living situations. Once completed, active military personnel prepare to return to their home unit or next duty station. Veterans and those individuals not returning to active service choose their volunteer placement that best meets their needs.

 

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