In the past, rehabilitation for a patient with a TBI has typically been provided
in the "medical model":
Services provided via major medical facilities
Large teams of specialists involved, each looking solely at their unique
areas of expertise
Remediation of deficits as the primary focus
Service provision tied directly to insurance availability
Cessation of services when insurance funds are exhausted
inteBIC is dedicated to alerting survivors and caregivers to the wide
world beyond traditional rehab. Yes, we will touch briefly on all of the
standard elements -- but our goal is to bring together new ideas which can help
speed recovery well beyond the limits of more traditional approaches.
Welcome to inteBIC
The Internet Brain Injury Collaborative exists to help brain injury survivors
heal in mind, body and spirit, so they may embrace their new lives and look to
the future. By bringing together brain inury professionals, caregivers, and
other friends and family members, our goal is to expand the knowedge base of
successful tips and techniques so that all may benefit.
All too often, traditional rehabilitation methods help a brain injury survivor
succeed at the therapy game, but do little or nothing to help win the game of
life. On the other hand, there are many alternative approaches that have been
useful. If we can all share what's worked for each of us, then perhaps others
can benefit, too.
Please look through the site and then consider joining with us by sharing your
story -- the ups and the downs, the successes and the heartaches -- so that
others may learn. Tell us how we can best serve you and how you can help, too.
We will be seeking writers and other contributors, advisory board members, and
anybody with skills they could volunteer.
If your life has been touched by a brain injury -- your own or that of a loved
one -- then you can help others survive, too. Send your email today to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your
Living With Traumatic Brain Injury
For more information on the effects of traumatic brain injury on survivors,
caregivers, and families, view the outstanding video (below) produced by the
University of Washington Medical Center. This was funded by a grant from the
state of Washington and is hosted on YouTube.
Intro to Traumatic Brain Injury
Most people are unaware of the silent epidemic that is sweeping America. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is impacting more and more people every year, whether through injury to themselves or to friends, loved ones, work associates, or others. And the numbers, as detailed by the Brain Injury Association, are staggering:
Injury is the leading cause of mortality among Americans under 45 years of age, and TBI is responsible for the majority of these deaths. It is estimated that TBI claims more than 50,000 lives annually.
Each year, about 230,000 Americans are hospitalized as a result of TBI. Of these, 80,000 experience the onset of long-term disability following TBI.
In the 21 seconds it takes to read these statistics, one person in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury.
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