By Marvel Vena
I went to Dr. James Young in 2002 and asked him to help me start a brain injury family information group. Since then we have added an ethicist, a social worker and a chaplain to our facilitator group. This has been a wonderful experience for all of us. We have seen thousands of families since we started this one-of-a-kind group.
- Education: Because many families and significant others have little or no experience with brain injury, we provide a forum for their education, to address this lack of medical knowledge.
- Empowering families and significant others to be as involved in the treatment of the patient by helping them formulate questions for the treatment team.
- Engaging the family and significant others in planning for the next steps.
This group offers help for families with loved ones in Rush’s neurosciences intensive care unit on 8 Kellogg, neurology on 3 Kellogg and the step-down unit on 8 north. We hold this information group every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the large family waiting room on 8 Kellogg.
I am 29 years post-brain surgery and am very proud of this group and the information we give to families every week.