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Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

Brain Injury Alliance of Utah

Description of Programs:

  

We provide Advocacy, Community Outreach, Awareness, Education, and Prevention.

We also have a Veterans and Hispanic/Latino outreach program along with a Headsmart program for Elementary grades K-6.

 


Physical Address:  5280 So Commerce Dr Suite E-190, Murray Utah 84107

Email Address:  info@biau.org

Phone Numbers:  801-716-4993

Fax:  801-716-4995

Hours of Service: Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Fees (if applicable):  BIAU Membership, Conference, and Events.

 


Organizational Mission:  The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah provides Hope, Help and Healing through Education, Facilitation and Advocacy.

 

Caregiver Education:

Description of Physical, cognitive, emotional limitations or disease process your organization focuses on:  

BIAU focuses on;  Brain injuries including traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, stroke, and anoxia.

Physical, cognitive and emotional limitations include:  Headaches, neck pain that doesn’t go away.

feeling tired all the time, extreme fatigue.  Having no energy or motivation.

Light-headedness, dizziness or loss of balance

Urge to vomit or nausea

Can cause epilepsy and increase risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons

Difficulty remembering , concentrating or making decisions. Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting or reading

Getting lost or easily confused and overwhelmed.

Mood changes (feeling sad, listless, anxious, or angry for no reason)

Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping a lot more or having a hard time sleeping)

Loss of sense of smell or taste

Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily

Ringing in the ears

Sensitivity to lights sounds or distractions

Easily irritated or angered

Difficulty inhibiting behavior-impulsive

Impaired decision making or problem solving

Difficulty organizing daily tasks

 

  • Progression of conditions and what to expect

Most survivors will need lifelong help to perform daily activities

Personality change

Random times of being symptomatic and non-symptomatic throughout life

Severe short term memory loss

Inability to problem solve

Unable to manage stress and emotional upsets in a health manner

Loss of ability to control one’s temper

Unable to maintain employment and improve job skills without help

Many functional changes affecting:  thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior and/or sensation.

 

  • Recommended treatment options:

Appropriate treatment should begin at time of accident or incident with no delay.

Hospitalized

Physiatrist-doctor of physical medicine rehabilitation serving as the leader for the rehab treatment plan and referrals

Rehabilitation

Specialized Rehabilitation

Day treatment

Neuropsychologist

Community re-entry

Independent Living

Transitional programs to improve thought processes and job skills

Support groups

After medical issues are no longer the main concern, the most emphasis is placed on cognition.

Because all brain injuries affect survivors differently, an individualized patient plan needs to be developed.  This may include:

Physical, Speech, Occupational, and Cognitive therapies.  Vocational Rehabilitation.

 

  • Where to learn more:  BIAU offers family, individual, and professional trainings on longterm effects of brain injures and what to expect.  Search brain injury supports and services online