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Jodi Wustman suffered a devastating brain injury in an automobile accident and became increasingly withdrawn due to a lack of support programs.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.