This past week took me to the Department of Health in Des Moines, a jail in Iowa City, the VA in Minneapolis, and a high-rise in Milwaukee–all brain injury-related visits. Today, I’m stopping by a rehab in Carbondale, IL for a facility tour.
One of the issues that repeatedly surface in my travels is the matter of available services for people with brain injuries. What awaits the Iraq veteran once he returns to his small town? Where can someone get stroke rehabilitation home health care? Is there a neuropsychologist within a hundred miles that can evaluate my son?
Time and time again, brain injury survivors are forced to find treatment many miles away from home–a simply reality forged by our current healthcare system. If you’re a caretaker, it’s important to keep in mind that even though something may not be available near you, it doesn’t eliminate your loved one from the opportunity to benefit from specialized treatment. A few TBI facilities will actually work with your state to arrange care–and sometimes transportation–so that a survivor can get on with their life.
If you’re in a quandery about what direction to take for brain injury treatment, feel free to contact me at 888-298-4673, and I’ll be happy to provide you with information and direction.