Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a broad term that refers to many different types of brain injury leading to very different effects for different people.
Your ABI might involve physical limitations or mobility issues, or it may not. Your brain injury might be ‘invisible’ to others, with no obvious physical symptoms. But nonetheless you may have challenges impact on your ability to manage in your everyday life.
Often your recovery will proceed at a rapid pace in the early weeks and months after your injury. Further recovery may be slower. The rate of recovery cannot be predicted.
It’s advisable to maintain a structured routine, with regular bedtimes and meals, and to try to spend most of your time in familiar settings. Tools like memory prompts can help you stay on task and keep control of your belongings. It’s advisable to avoid alcohol and non-prescribed drugs, to exercise and eat a nutritious diet and look after your general health to give your brain the best possible chance to heal.