Top 14 Apps for CAREGIVERS of People with a Brain Injury
by Dr. Bryan Weinstein, D.O.
Welcome to part two of my series on smart phone apps for people with traumatic brain injuries and their caregivers. The apps included here are recommended specifically for caregivers. The importance of these easily accessible tools can’t be overstated – their use can help maintain and improve care for both the patient/client and the caregiver by promoting independence while improving memory and safety.
While most of the recommended apps are for Apple products, numerous others function on Android too. They can all help you make your critical job as a caregiver – and your life – function a tad smoother.
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Fail Mary: Michigan coach's Lack of concussion awareness at quarterback's expense
By Justin Colman
A college football coach has three primary tasks in fulfilling his or her duties: win games, be a good representative of the team and protect his players. This past Saturday, University of Michigan football coach, Brady Hoke, failed to protect one of his football players in a big way.
During the Wolverine’s game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Michigan quarterback Shane Morris took a blow to the head and went down. When he got up, he was visibly shaken and wobbling. It was obvious to most people watching that Morris suffered a concussion - except for his coach. Hoke kept Morris in the game for another play, to the sound of at least 80,000 fans booing the head coach for his decision to not pull him out of the game.
At the post game press conference, Hoke defended his lack of action by saying he didn't see Morris wobbling after the play. “I did not see it,” he said during the press conference. “I can only answer for me.” He asserted that Morris wanted to be the quarterback and added that “If he didn't want to be” in the game, “he would've come to the sideline or stayed down.” (Continue)
LSV MOBILE THERAPISTS:
According to Woody Allen, “Showing up is half the battle.” No one is quite sure what wins the other half. But when it comes to people with a TBI, showing up can be the biggest battle of all. In clinical parlance, a patient who cannot begin doing something has “initiation issues.” According to BrainLine.org, “Initiation requires seeing what needs to be done, making a plan about how to start doing it and putting the plan into action.” Sometimes, barriers to initiation can be as “simple” as having too much anxiety to get in the car to go to an appointment.
For clients facing this hurdle, Life Skills Village utilizes mobile therapists to meet at a client’s home. Since everyone with an initiation problem has it for a unique reason – only an individualized strategy will help overcome it. Tani Herdell, (one of LSV’s mobile therapists) masterminds these methods and puts them into action on-site. They can run the gamut from traditional psychotherapy and anxiety reduction strategies to a more hands- on approach such as desensitization exercises. Continue article.