Aim, rational, key concepts and outcomes
The module is for support workers who provide direct care and
assistance to people who have had traumatic brain injury (TBI). It
practical strategies that can help individuals with a TBI to increase
their independence. This assistance could be provided in the person’s
own home, in a residential care setting or a Transitional
a traumatic brain injury, a person’s ability to participate
in their community and home environment may be significantly
disrupted. They may need supervision and/or assistance for domestic tasks
such as dressing and cooking, or community tasks such as shopping
and catching public transport. Skills that were performed
routinely before the injury may now need to be relearned or managed differently.
the person returns from hospital, it is likely that they may be receiving
continuing treatment from rehabilitation professionals,
who will be assisting them to increase their independence and achieve
their goals. Support workers are a vital part of this process. They
can work together with therapists and the person with
a TBI to enhance their independence and to increase their participation in activities within their local community.
module provides some basic guidelines and strategies to
assist support workers in this process.
independence signifies progress and is to be encouraged, there are
times when this may pose associated risks for individuals.
The module will help you be mindful of risks.
It includes details of professionals who can help assess the risks.
At the end of this
module, you should be able to:
3.1 List the daily
living skills that a person may require assistance with (or supervision
for) following a TBI
3.2 Identify ways
in which impairments resulting from a TBI may impact upon a person’s performance of daily tasks
the importance of encouraging a person with a TBI to participate
in everyday activities
3.4 Know what rehabilitation
3.5 Discuss how
you can assist a person with a TBI to set and work towards independent living
some possible practical strategies that you can use when helping
a person be more independent at home and in the community
potential risks and dangers associated with increased independence
and identify the appropriate people that you should discuss these
how to access resources and assistance when needed.
Module 3 Compiled
Kate Hopman and
Senior Occupational Therapists
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit
Liverpool Hospital, Sydney