What Can We Do to Make Our Home Safer?

Many parents fear that their child will be hurt again. A child with a traumatic brain injury whose judgment, impulse control and memory have been affected may take greater risks than before and ignore basic safety rules. Here are some suggestions to prevent another injury:

If your child uses electrically powered medical equipment, the electric and telephone companies need to be contacted. Send a letter to your local utility companies so they are aware of your child's condition—view the sample letter.

TIP: Arrange your child's room and living areas for easy and safe movement. Have an occupational therapist complete a home safety evaluation to make recommendations for items such as ramps, door width, bathroom modifications, and setup of bedroom furniture. The occupational therapist can also help arrange your child's room and living areas to help her move about safely.