This was a series relative to Brain Injury Survivor Recovery Horror stories – to be followed by Brain Injury Survivor Recovery Angel Unaware stories. The series was meant to inform and educate. Hopefully, Caregivers are provided further information to understand the learning curve ahead of them, which is unlike any they have seen before.
The initial Brain Injury Survivor Recovery Horror stories resulted in claims of defamation of character, sensationalism by the author, extended glowbass.com to be a click-for-hits publication, and requested stories to be pulled where the storyline presented considerations for readers to ponder independently. Along with the claim of character assassination – came requests to remove content (censor) within a week in order to avoid litigation. Stories shared in this series “are not” directed towards “any one” brain injury treatment center, rather depict a smattering of stories shared by Families, Friends, Caregivers, Conservators, Guardians, Doctors, Nurses, and Staffs of Brain Injury Survivor Treatment Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, and Hospitals.
Forthcoming stories will share brain injury survival tips, sharing positive findings and support mechanisms to help the Brain Injury Survivors, Family, Friends, Guardians, Caregivers and Conservators. These insights will provide Wounded Warriors and their families with information so they do not become subject to the demarcation of brain injured chattel.
The Examiner does not subscribe to the claims of defamation of character or sensationalism by the treatment center who requested censorship; however, to keep the peace we removed stories in this series, which they felt contained information directly associated with their business.
Eating, Drinking and Making Merry
In modern society we would believe TBI Survivors enjoy health-conscious, nutritious and medically advanced diets; however, more than one “top-shelf” TBI Treatment Center has been known to serve television dinners. Their freezers are full of the cheapest television dinners known to humanity – ones Family, Friends, Caregivers, Guardians or Conservators and the Brain Injury Survivor themselves just wouldn’t purchase.
These TV dinners are cooked up and served on paper plates as if fresh-cooked foods were being served, often suggesting fresh meals are being served. At a center in Pennsylvania food is delivered to the table while food remnants remain on the table from previous Clients. No one wipes down the table with the reasoning…“We have Staffing charts, it is someone else’s responsibility to wipe tables today and they haven’t gotten to it yet.” (Statement by Staff when asked why the table wasn’t wiped down).
Family, Friends, Guardians, Conservators or Caregivers and the Brain Injury Survivor themselves are forced to wipe the table or coerce Staff to perform the task. And, with the fact the Brain Injury Survivor circle of caregivers has already endured injury, hospitalization, near loss of life, etc. haven’t these individuals endured enough without further injurous treatment?
Staff at one treatment center set Client plates atop other Client leftovers without blinking an eye. Dining room trash remained continuously overflowing at each and every visit to their facility (with numerous visitors commenting on this reality). On the other hand, outdoor grounds’ keeping remained meticulous. A note here – almost every treatment center in the brain injury industry keep their “outdoor grounds” very well. After all, community buy-in is strategic for both recognition and acceptance. If the place looks great from the outdoors, well the inside must be nice too. And, the treatment centers Brain Injury Survivors will find have a lot of buy-in to their cities, counties and states – often with proactive recognition, etc. The city, county and state officials; however, rarely visit the “centers” themselves – so the presentation can be a veneer facade.
Linens and Things
One would believe bed linens would be checked and changed routinely; however, treatment centers do not have to “change” all linens routinely as far as health regulations – according to the treatment centers. One Client in a Pennsylvania Brain Injury Treatment Center sheets had not been laundered once time during a two year period. The Family, Friends, Guardian, Conservator or Caregiver presumed sheets were laundered and changed routinely. While new linens had been purchased and changes occurred at those times, no one ever considered laundering of linens needed to be requested. When a bed bug scare occurred – the Circle of Caregivers learned their loved one’s sheets hadn’t been laundered “once” during an entire two year stay. When the Circle of Caregivers asked why the treatment center had not changed linens, the answer was,“We thought the Client was doing it.”
This sort of behavior is not uncommon in a TBI treatment center. The treatment setting is “supposed to be” about educating the brain injury survivor to improve their life skills post-insult for eventual community re-entry. What a shocking revelation, when a Client’s room appears clean and tidy for the Circle of Caregivers to learn linens are not laundered without making a request to launder them. These centers claims they are not liable for sheet launderings unless the Client is ambulatory. There is absolutely zero reporting authority for the treatment centers, which fall through the cracks of oversight. These are not medical centers and do not have same | similar state reporting requirements medical facilities have. These are often “privately owned treatment centers, often with the demarcation of physical therapy centers.” Only bedridden Clients have protocols by the health department.
When questioned, treatment centers always defer to Clients being at fault, which appears to be rule of thumb 101 in brain injury rehabilitation. If something goes awry – blame the Client.
Treatment Center Staffs
Brain injury survivors often have to work on agitation or appropriateness in behavior. How to approach sexuality is often an issue for Brain Injury Survivors. Many treatment centers pay minimum wages for workers, which results in fresh out of high school or college interns as Staffs. Unless there is an oversight dress code – it is not unusual for female Staff to be dressed in short shorts and tank tops. And, Clients in treatment centers tend to be a higher ratio of males to females. One would believe protocols would be in effect to regulate Staff and their presentation to Clients.
It is surprisingly not uncommon for Staff to take Clients home. The Examiner has heard from quite a few Circle of Caregivers for Brain Injury Survivors their Clients go home with Staff members for one reason or another. Clients are presented with opportunities to engage sexually. If a Client speaks up (often believing lunches at a Staff home without boundaries equates to a love interest) Staff suggest the Client is lying.
Family, Friend, Caregiver, Conservator or Guardian and Brain Injury Survivor complaints are rarely followed up. When Staff pass a Client and say, “Ummm….tasty…” it is hard for the Client working on sexual impulsivity due to a frontal lobe insult to continue to show restraint at the taunts of sexually manipulative Staffs. If the same Client takes the taunts as interest and take it to the next level, they are deemed inappropriate and Staffs claim innocence. One Circle of Caregivers learned on an outing when their Client stated, “That is where XX’s house is.” Furthering, “We went to her house a few times recently for lunch.” This innocent “information share” is casual conversation, which when discussed allowed the Circle of Caregivers to learn the home visits included a Staff Member and the Client alone – they occurred with frequency and involved laughter concerning sexual pandering. But, the treatment centers don’t address these sorts of matters. When a Client Circle of Caregivers find Staffs clothing in their Client’s closet, wreaking of cologne and provided by Staff to their Client – it is not a stretch to ascertain facts. And, while the ideal of a potential relationship on the part of Staffs with Clients may ring through in this sample – readers have to remember the Brain Injury Survivor working on sexual impulsivity may be irrevocably damaged in a treatment regime where Staffs have presented sexual impasse’. Treatment center therapy can be totally undermined at that juncture – once a romantic interlude is linked to the treatment center regime – the Brain Injury Survivor will believe all treatment centers pose a possibility for sexuality in treatment.
Young workers also often taunt Clients and have been known to place bets on Client performance after taunting. This was done in an East Coast facility. If Clients stand up for themselves – they are often shot down by treatment center leadership. One rule to note immediately regarding treatment centers and any arbitratable misconduct – the treatment center will lie to protect their interests. They instead work to malign the Client and NEVER accept a Client’s claims.
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