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The Informal Caregiver Responsible for Home Care of the Individual with Cognitive Dysfunction Following Brain Injury

Dring Rebecca RN MSN
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: February 1989
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The brain-injured often require care long after they leave the acute care setting. Increasingly this care is being given at home. Informal caregivers are an important link to the brain-injured patient's achieving optimal health and wellness. Characteristics of caregivers are given and the AFFIRM model used as a guide to assist nurses in their preparation of caregivers. A case study illustrates use of the model.

Questions or comments about this article may be addressed to the author at: Medical University Hospital, 171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29425. She is case manager for neurology and neurosurgery.

© 1989 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses