A couple of weeks ago ABC’s 20/20 aired an inspiring piece on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ recovery. Her story is truly amazing and all of us at CORE Health Care wish her much success as she continues to heal and progress.
But we can’t help but think about the hundreds of thousands of average people with traumatic brain injuries, many of them veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose federal insurance plans don’t cover the kind of post-acute care Giffords is receiving.
Once the average person is discharged from the hospital, he or she is medically stable, but usually still very impaired in terms of cognition and day-to-day functioning. This leads to behavior that can endanger the injured person and others. Most post-acute care for people with brain injuries takes place in a residential setting, a sort of halfway house between the hospital and the home. Patients typically receive therapy that helps them concentrate, control their impulses, speak, reason and improve their memory.
Skipping the post-acute phase of rehabilitation sets up people with brain injuries for failure, leading to feelings of frustration and anger for them and their families.
CORE Health Care urges everyone to speak out for those with brain injuries. A good place to start is the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) legislative updates and alerts. The BIAA lets you know when legislation important to people with brain injuries is before Congress and offers legislative fact sheets that you can review. Click here to sign up.
With your help perhaps we can make Gabby Giffords’ remarkable recovery available to all people with brain injuries!