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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Outcomes that Matter: LSV helps client dewayne get back on the road
Life Skills Village client DeWayne shows off his first car! Since beginning treatment, DeWayne has:
Sure, Life Skills Village goes the extra mile for our clients. We also see to it that they can handle that next mile on their own. Life Skills Academy ensures our clients always have the support they need.
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.