As Thanksgiving approaches, many brain injury survivors are preparing for large get-togethers with family and friends. Many of these family and friends have not recently seen the survivors in their lives and can understandably be extremely excited to be reunited. However, there are often a great many changes that survivors have weathered which directly impact their experiences of Thanksgiving with these family and friends. Close family members may be aware of these changes but extended family and friends may not be. Email or similar communications can help spread necessary awareness to help ensure successful holiday celebrations.
These communications can be sent by the survivors or by close family members prior to any get-together. The goal is for individuals who are not fully informed of the survivors’ deficits to be given relevant information in order to help holiday celebrations run smoothly. For instance, if alcohol is typically served at a Thanksgiving meal, friends and family need to know if the survivor is prohibited by a doctor from drinking. If the survivor becomes agitated when there are too many people surrounding him or her, family and friends need to know to approach the survivor one at a time. If the survivor can only tolerate food of a certain consistency, family and friends need to know which foods can or cannot be served the survivor. These are just a few examples of useful information that could be included in a message sent to help avoid problems during a survivor’s Thanksgiving celebration. Remember, a little note can go a long way toward success!
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