Jodi House — Providing Support for Brain Injury Survivors

 

Patients with brain injuries have a far better chance of survival than ever before-and must learn to cope with their new reality.

 

 

A nonprofit, community-based organization, Jodi House provides support, solutions and an abundance of resources to survivors of brain injuries and their families, caregivers and friends.

 

"After a severe brain injury, a person's no. 1 complaint is loneliness, often ranking above overcoming physical obstacles and pain," says Kenneth Freeland, executive director of Jodi House. "At Jodi House, survivors rebuild their social networks and participate in activities specifically designed for individuals who are battling the emotional and behavioral changes that come with surviving a brain injury."

 

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A team of occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists medically supervises the clubhouse day program, which allows members to pick and choose

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activities from options such as support groups, adaptive yoga, nonimpact aerobics, musical therapy, games, communication strategies, community outings, and ceramics and other arts and crafts.

 

"We want Jodi House to be a fun, social interest center where survivors can participate and make new friends," Mr. Freeland says. "the feedback we've received is that participants get that and more-after spending time here, they feel more in control of their lives."

 

Jodi Wustman suffered a devastating brain injury in an automobile accident and became increasingly withdrawn due to a lack of support programs. In 1982, her parents and others founded Jodi House to provide patients like Jodi with peer contact and stimulating mental activities.

 

The family and caregiver support program is a relatively new aspect of Jodi House, explains Mr. Freeland.

 

Families are dramatically affected when one of their members suffers a brain injury," Mr. Freeland says. "We act as a resource to answer questions, give referrals or advice, and also offer the assistance and break time caregivers desperately need."

 

To learn more about Jodi House, visit www.JodiHouse.org or call (805) 563-2882.