Brain Injury Alliance of Utah Receives Grant to Provide Family Caregiver Education

The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah has been awarded a sizable grant by the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative, which is a collaboration between the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University Center, along with state disability service agencies and private organizations who focus on improving the lives of citizens with disabilities. The grant will be used to develop curriculum, to provide training specifically for family members who are caregivers of those with brain injury, and will be available statewide via classroom, webinar, and other media.

Judith Holt, PhD, and Interim Executive Director for the Center for Persons with Disabilities explains, “Caregivers of people with brain injury experience a significant level of psychological distress.  We are confident this project will provide critical training for family members of people with brain injury to better prepare them for success in the caregiver role resulting in favorable outcomes for brain injury survivors and lower psychological distress among family caregivers.”

George Gehling, BIAU’s Executive Director says, “We’re excited to offer this valuable support for caregivers. Each year over 20,000 Utahans receive medical care as the result of a traumatic brain injury.  Family members often assume the primary caregiver role, a task many people aren’t prepared for.  Our goal is to arm caregivers with knowledge and skills that will help them to be successful in this challenging responsibility.”

TBI caregiver curriculum will be both knowledge and skills based, and cover topics including; brain injury basics and how to understand potential challenges in improving the quality of life; strategies to respond to and manage brain injury symptoms; action plans for caregivers to manage their own wellbeing; and how to identify and access community resources.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, BIAU, a non-profit community organization in Murray, Utah, serves Utah residents who have been affected by a brain injury by providing resources, education and a shared community connections.  For interviews or more information please call (801)716-4993 or visit our website at www.biau.org.

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