Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature but caused by an external physical force, that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities and/or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment. Some causes of a TBI are motor vehicle crash, fall, gunshot wound, sports injury, shaken baby syndrome, military action and other injuries caused by trauma.
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. The injury commonly results in a change in neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, the metabolic activity, or the functional ability of the cell. The term does not refer to brain injuries induced by birth trauma. Some causes of a Acquired Brain Injury are: a TBI, tumor, blood clot, stroke, seizure, toxic exposures (substance abuse), infections (encephalitis, meningitis), metabolic disorder (insulin shock, diabetic coma, liver & kidney disease), neurotoxic poisoning and lack of oxygen.
An acquired brain disorder must have occurred prior to the age of 60 and is attributable to one or more of the following: an external trauma to the brain as a result of a motor vehicle accident, a fall, an assault or other traumatic incident or occurrence. It may be an anoxic or hypoxic injury resulting from cardiopulmonary arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning, airway obstruction, hemorrhage or near-drowning. It can also be attributable to an infectious disease like encephalitis or meningitis or other neurological disorders such as Huntington’s disease or multiple sclerosis. The acquired brain disorder must be manifested by a significant decline in cognitive functioning and ability and/or deterioration in personality, impulse control, judgment, modulation of mood or awareness of deficits.
Some of the services that are available through Acquired Brain Disorder Supports at Community Crossroads are Service Coordination, information & referral, personal care assistance and employment supports.
Anyone with a documented TBI or ABD is eligible for these services. In order to receive Acquired Brain Disorder Supports, you must also be eligible for Medicaid. If you would like to apply for these supports, you will need to complete and application, sign releases of information for us to obtain information (medical reports, assessments, evaluations, etc) regarding your needs. This information will assist us in making an eligibility determination. To apply or inquire about TBI or ABD Services, please contact Terri Cadorette at Community Crossroads at 603-893-1299, ext 321.
The Greater Salem/Derry Brain Injury Support Group for Survivors, Families & Caregivers meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM at Community Crossroads, 8 Commerce Dr., Unit #8, Atkinson, NH.
For further information, or if you are interested in joining the group, please call Community Crossroads, 603-893-1299 and ask for Cynthia (ext.341) or Terri (ext. 321). There will be no meetings in July and August this year.
603-893-1299 ext. 331
603-893-1299 ext. 321