1. It takes your family member longer than usual to coordinate
two-handed activities with household objects (i.e., opening cans, opening packages, making
2. You are concerned about your family member' s driving ability. No
one has said he should not drive. However, you think it takes him too long to react to
light changes. You are afraid of what might happen if a car suddenly stopped in front of
him and he had to apply the brakes quickly.
3. Your family member is not doing well at work. He has not been able
to complete his share of the workload. To do so, he would have to stay later; however, his
employer does not want to pay overtime.
4. In social situations, your family member may not be as quick or
witty as he once was. By the time he processes the information, the chance for the joke
has probably already passed.
1. Your family member's response time will decrease as he recovers.
Many of the early difficulties are not permanent. In the meantime, give him the time he
needs to complete household tasks. Task completion is more important than a quick
2. If you are concerned about your family member' s driving
ability, you probably have cause to be. Refer him to a rehabilitation center for a driver
evaluation. During this evaluation, he should participate in both a clinical and
3. Your family member may have difficulty in a job setting that
measures performance by the quantity of work produced. The rehabilitation center should
work with the employer to ease your family member back into his job. Support this effort.
If you do not have the resources for the rehabilitation setting or another agency (such as
state vocational rehabilitation) to interface with the employer, you may need to educate
your family member yourself.
4. Although your family member may not be as witty as he once was, do
not avoid social situations. If he enjoys old friends, see them as often as possible.