Family Involvement and Brain Injury

The patient’s family is considered to be an important resource to the Mary Lee Foundation Rehabilitation Center (MLFRC) Treatment Team.  Given the family member’s familiarity with our clients, family members can provide the Treatment Team helpful information about the patient’s interest, personality, and learning style. We believe that familiar faces can provide the ongoing reassurance and motivation needed to keep the patient motivated while in rehabilitation. Thus, family support and their involvement can be vital to the rehabilitation process and outcome.

Families are invited to participate in several areas:

  • During the intake process, our Admissions Coordinator can provide additional information about the effects of traumatic brain injuries and ways in which your participation in a family member’s treatment can be helpful.  A library that includes helpful information and additional resources is available for family members and clients alike.
  • Provide accurate medical information and background information upon intake. This allows for the Treatment Team and Medical Staff to establish treatment goals geared to your family member’s individual needs.
  • Contact the MLFRC case manager, a key person in coordinating your family member’s rehabilitation program with any questions or additional information thought to provide insight.
  • Attend monthly Staffings, which allows you the opportunity to understand your family member’s progress, ask questions and provide encouragement to your family member.
  • Participate in therapeutic pass visits. With permission of the Treatment Team and DARS Counselors, clients are granted Therapeutic Passes for occasional overnight visits. This provides helpful information for the patient/family with making the transition to their independent living situation or with returning home.
  • Attend the BIA-Austin (Brain Injury Association-Austin) monthly support group provided to family members and survivors alike for support, guidance and education purposes.  This group is open to all members of the community and takes place on the first Tuesday evening of every month.

Family members are encouraged to contact their case manager and/or the Treatment Supervisor for ongoing involvement and support during the rehabilitation process.

Thank you,

MLFRC Treatment Team



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