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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