How can I improve my memory after brain injury?
Memory problems are common amongst people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. This can include difficulty remembering the events leading up to the injury, problems retaining new information or learning new things and general issues with your short-term memory, even if your long-term memory is not affected.
Fortunately, in many cases, these memory problems will get better with time. Your memory can also often be improved through various rehabilitation processes. Where lingering memory issues exist, there are various tried and tested coping strategies that can make living with these on-going memory issues easier.
The extent of the improvement you can achieve will depend on the exact nature and severity of the brain injury, but if the right steps are taken, significant progress is usually possible.
Strategies for improving memory after a brain injury
There are various memory rehabilitation exercises that can be used to improve your memory after a brain injury. The focus is usually on practising memorising information, which can stimulate a degree of memory recovery.
However, much of the rehabilitation process is often focused on developing strategies for making it easier to recall information, working around your memory issues.
There are various tactics that can be used to make it easier for brain injury sufferers to remember important information. This includes putting important information into organised lists, which people with memory issues often find easier to recall.
Learning to use external memory aids, such as post-it notes and labels for key information can also minimise the amount of information you need to remember, and reduce the risk of forgetting something important, such as when to take medication.
It may also help to make adaptations to your environment so that your memory issues will cause you fewer problems, as well as creating set routines for you to follow.
These tactics can help you to live independently with your memory issues, reducing your reliance on other people and the potential for confusion and distress.
How to get the support you need after a brain injury
To have the best possible chance of recovering from a brain injury, you are likely to need a range of support, including from doctors, brain injury rehabilitation specialists and other carers. You may also need on-going support and adaptions to your home and in other areas of your life to allow you to live independently.
While much of the support you need can be accessed on the NHS, private treatment can sometimes be preferable and some of the support you need may only be available privately. For this reason, claiming brain injury compensation can be essential to ensure you can get the care and support you need.
An experienced brain injury solicitor will be able to advise you on whether you are likely to be entitled to compensation, the level of compensation you may be able to claim and how to go about this. Many operate on a no win, no fee basis, meaning there is often nothing to lose and much to gain in pursuing a brain injury compensation claim.