Good news! There are extensive resources for brain injury survivors. Bad news - it can be an overwhelming process of finding the resources, understanding what is a good fit, and managing a sign-up process, especially with a brain injury. Many resources go unused, or under utilized, due to lack of guidance towards appropriate resources, help managing the practical side of signing up, and general encouragement to explore something new.
Most people think of a physical therapist as a medical provider that helps people exercise. But I see my role as so much bigger than that, especially when helping brain injury survivors navigate the already confusing healthcare system. There are days when sessions involve no exercise and instead consist of calling medical providers to collaborate on appropriate next steps, or writing a letter to apply for a grant to help with housing costs, or learning how to use the Uber app to assist with transportation. Establishing a foundation of safe housing, food security, and reliable transportation helps the healing process.
Even with the best support system, navigating life with a brain injury can be difficult and frustrating. Use this list below to help reduce the barriers of finding resources.
Love Your Brain
The LoveYourBrain Foundation is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury and raises awareness about the importance of brain health. The offer FREE online programs for yoga and mindset guidance. In-person retreats and yoga classes are also available in select cities. In-person LoveYourBrain yoga in Denver is held at The River in Rino. https://www.weseektheriver.com/
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
BIAC has an extensive network of resources including lists of providers, support groups, peer mentorship programs, educational programs, and recreational activities. Due to their massive reach, the website can be overwhelming to navigate. The easiest way to get started is to call their main number and talk to a resource navigator - it's their job to help you find the best resources! 303.355.9969
For those outside of Colorado, learn more at the national Brain Injury Alliance: https://usbia.org/
Housing for Homeless
BIAC and Brothers Redevelopment, Inc have come together to build and sustain a ground breaking housing concept – providing a home to unhoused people experiencing disability, primarily a traumatic brain injury. The home is planned to open to residents in late 2022/early 2023. To see if you qualify and to get on the waitlist for house contact BIAC or Brothers Redevelopment (303-202-6340 or email@example.com).
Help in the Home - ILST Services
Get help in the home, and learn skills to help live independently, with independent living skills training.
Argus Home Health: argusofcolo.com/
Andrea's Angels: https://andreasangelsinc.com/
Find A Provider
American Institute of Balance: https://dizzy.com/find-certified-providers/
NORA (neuro-optometrists): https://noravisionrehab.org/
Many options including RTD, Access A Ride, Neighbor Network and Ride Shares
Brain injury recovery can be difficulty and overwhelming to navigate. But the brain can always heal - 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, and more out from injury. If you need help accessing these resources, ask for help! These resources are designed specifically to help brain injury survivors thrive!
Need help finding other resources? Contact me and let me know!