What is Traumatic Brain Injury? Traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI, is most often an acute event similar to other injuries. That is where the similarity between traumatic brain injury and other injuries ends. One moment the person is normal and the next moment life has abruptly changed. In most other aspects, a traumatic brain injury is very different. Since our brain defines who we are, the consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of our lives, including our personality. A brain injury is different from a broken limb or punctured lung. An injury in these areas limit the use of a specific part of your body, but your personality and mental abilities remain unchanged. Most often, these body structures heal and regain their previous function. Brain injuries do not heal like other injuries. Recovery is a functional recovery, based on mechanisms that remain uncertain. No two brain injuries are alike and the consequence of two similar injuries may be very different. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury. One of the consequences of brain injury is that the person often does not realize that a brain injury has occurred.

3 04 2018

Tips to Keeping Your Skin Soft and Glowing This Winter Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers – And who wants that!? 1. Wash in Lukewarm Water Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin. 2. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle close by, and use every time you wash. 3. Protect I know it’s not quite the sexiest of looks, but wrap and protect that skin of yours! Wear gloves and scarves to protect from the cold winds, rain, and snow. 4. Drink We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like hot choc, gingerbread lattes and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. Try a little warm water with lemon for a very refreshing and hydrating alternative. 5. Moisturise your skin, whilst you sleep! Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning – waking up with silky smooth skin, is such a good feeling! 6. Exfoliate We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter – I know I do! We need to start doing so though! Moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. 7. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants This point in particular is something I certainly have to follow, as a sufferer of psoriasis. If you have eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) , and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin. 8. Hydrate From the Inside Out Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth. 9. Change Your Cleanser Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture. 10. Make Your Own Masks Making your own skin masks, couldn’t be simpler, and is an easy way towards providing needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturising ingredients such as; honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.

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16 07 2012


Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Overview and Guide

People may develop a traumatic brain injury as a result of a sudden blow to the head which causes the brain to collide with the skull causing nerve fibers and tissue to be damaged. Traumatic brain injury is usually the result of blunt force trauma to the head that can be caused by bullets or a broken or shattered piece of the skull entering into the brain tissue as a result of the trauma. Traumatic brain injury can be mild to severe depending on which part of the brain is damaged and how bad that damage is.

Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

The brain is the life force for all of an individuals movements, behaviors and thought processes as well as feeling. A traumatic brain injury can result in a range of physical effects as well as various psychological effects depending on the extent and severity of the traumatic brain injury. When the brain tissue is injured it will swell similar to other tissues of the body and this poses an additional risk of pressure that can be placed on various parts of the brain as a result of the traumatic brain injury.

The symptoms of traumatic brain injury range from mild to moderate to severe depending on the extent of the trauma. Mild traumatic brain injury symptoms include being unconscious for a brief period of time, having amnesia or a loss of memory of the events that happened just before the injury or just after and being confused. Headache may also be present in mild traumatic brain injury as is dizziness and a possible loss of balance.

Severe symptoms of traumatic brain injury include headache that just won’t go away, vomiting or nausea and sometimes convulsions or seizures. The pupils of one or both eyes may become dilated and the individual may be profoundly confused about what is going on or what happened. People who suffer from traumatic brain injury may not wake up from a sleep, they may have weakness or numbness in their limbs and they may also have slurred speech.

For children, recognizing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury may be more difficult because children are not able to communicate as effectively as adults. Children may not be able to describe a headache or sensory problems and they are likely not to understand confusion or other related symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Some of the most easily recognizable symptoms of traumatic brain injury in a child include a refusal to eat, a listless appearance accompanied by crankiness, altered sleep patterns and school performance and a loss of interest in favorite toys or fun things to do.




Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury can be treated in a number of ways depending on the severity of the injury. Most mild traumatic brain injuries will not require treatment and can be healed with simple rest. Medications such as aspirin, Aleve or Tylenol may be taken to reduce headache or pain associated with a traumatic brain injury that is mild but for severe traumatic brain injuries hospitalization and intensive care may be necessary.

The emergency care provided by doctors will focus on preventing a traumatic brain injury from becoming worse by reducing the pressure that is placed as a result of swelling of the brain tissue. This type of treatment for traumatic brain injury focuses on preventing the brain damage from getting any worse than it already is. Additionally, medications, therapy or surgery may be necessary to treat traumatic brain injury.

Doctors may prescribe diuretics that can help to reduce the amount of fluid in the tissues (including the brain) in order to prevent further swelling of the brain. Anti seizure or coma inducing drugs may also be used to treat traumatic brain injury. Anti seizure drugs can help to reduce the risk of seizure during the first week following a traumatic brain injury during which time the patient is at the highest risk of seizing and causing additional damage to the brain. Coma inducing drugs may also be used to place a person into a temporary coma in order to reduce the oxygen levels to the brain and allow for healing of the damage.

Therapeutic treatments for traumatic brain injury may include rehabilitation such as physical therapy or occupational therapy as well as speech therapy. The overall goal of traumatic brain injury therapies are to allow the individual to relearn basic skills such as walking and talking and restore function and independence for the individual. Most therapy for traumatic brain injury will start in the hospital with a physical therapist and will then be continued on a long term basis at rehabilitation centers. Such outpatient therapy may last weeks, months or even years following the traumatic brain injury.


16 07 2012


Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Centers

Rehabilitation is a serious issue. In this page we will investigate causes, symptoms and treatment options for spinal cord injuries as well as rehabilitation at spinal cord injury rehab centers.  If you or someone you know has a spinal cord injury, we urge you to seek out spinal cord injury rehab centers in your area to find a rehabilitation center near you. Clinics, programs, and treatment options are available at spinal cord injury rehab centers in your area.

The spinal cord is your body’s switchboard sending nerve impulses to and fro. Sometimes it reacts before the brain does in reflex action such as pulling your hand back from a flame. The spinal cord communicates through electrical impulses. If that communications path gets broken, it’s like cutting a phone wire. The patient loses function. Spinal cord injury rehab centers work with patients to restore functionality.

The spinal cord is encased by the vertebrae, the bones of the spine which protect it. Spinal injury often begins with a blow forcing a vertebra to press on a nerve or tear it. The first step in diagnosing a spinal cord injury is determining exactly at which vertebra the trauma occurred. This determination is essential in predicting which specific parts of the body may be affected by paralysis and loss of motor function or sensation. For example, damage to the lumbar or sacral regions of the spinal cord typically results in decreased control of the legs. Damage to the C7 and T1 regions of the spine interferes with finger and hand dexterity but allows for restricted arm use. This stage is generally considered to be the limit at which a patient can retain functional independence. The higher the injury on the spine, the less functionality is left.

Once the location of the injury is determined, the next step is to test for its severity. In the worst spinal trauma, the cord can no longer relay any messages below the level of the injury. In some cases there is only partial function. If the patient is lucky, the damage is not permanent. Inflammation from injury or disease can press on the spinal cord causing a temporary loss of feeling or function.

Spinal cord injury rehab centers often concentrate on specific levels of disability, so find one that specializes in the degree of impairment shown by the patient. Spinal cord injury rehab centers also tend to favor treatment of different causes of spinal cord trauma, from spinal bifida to auto accidents so choose one that matches the patient’s reason for seeking therapy.

Problems from spinal cord injury can vary as well. At the least severe, neuropathic pain or numbness could be a problem, but the issues mount. Bladder and bowel functions are regulated by the spine. Incontinence could be one problem after traumatic injury, as is sexual dysfunction. Loss of breathing control might require mechanical ventilation. A patient could use the ability to regulate heart rate and blood pressure, so find a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center equipped to handle the symptoms the patient will expect.

When the patient finishes with the medical side of her recovery, getting out of the hospital she’ll receive an assessment. Traumatic spinal cord injury is classified into five categories by the American Spinal Injury Association,ASIAand the International Spinal Cord Injury Classification System. This classification looks at both motor function and sense perception. The scale ranges from A which is used to signify complete spinal cord injury to D, incomplete motor and sensory function. E is considered normal functionality. It’s possible to have injury to the spine without spinal cord injury such as whiplash, where the problems are fleeting.

Spinal cord injury rehab centers offer a range of therapies. Patients deserve a highly individualized, well mapped out recovery program that includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy as needed. It should be aggressive yet sympathetic, augmented by group therapy sessions, family counseling and home environment assessment. During the initial phase at a spinal cord injury rehab center some patients will require ongoing 24 hour a day medical care. This option can allow for early release from a hospital.

Depending on the extent of the spinal injury and length of the recovery, the next step can evolve into ongoing supported care or transitional care which eases a patient back into reintegration with his community. For those able to do so, most spinal cord injury rehab centers offer vocational training so that patients can restore their self respect by learning how to earn a living again despite their new physical limitations. As a patient improves, a good spinal cord injury rehab center will also offer treatment on an outpatient basis for visits during the day

26 02 2012

Thank-you for visiting the new website for New Beginnings!


Please take the time to read through the website and let us know what you think.


We would first like to thank the man responsible for our wonderful website. We sincerely want to thank Mr. Alex McNeilly for spending a great deal of time and effort on putting this whole thing together. All of his time and effort are greatly appreciated. We wouldn’t be here without him.


Thank you Alex


What is New Beginnings?


We are a licensed AFC (Adult Foster Care) Residential home opened in late December of 2011. We cater to traumatically brain and spinal cord injuries.


Our home is a six bed facility that has a living room, kitchen, dining area and family room, activity room, two full bathrooms, one with a private handicapped shower and one with a tub, a half bath, full patio in the back yard on over three acres. We are 1,900.00 square foot home.


All inclusive rates that include 24/7 awake staff, unlimited meals/snacks, social programs and activities, transportation, recreation and utilities.


Our residence is approved and licensed by the state ofMichigan. It is in a residential setting and creating a warm home environment, yet meets the medical needs of a traumatic brain injury client. From the exterior to the interior a warm family environment is felt. We know how important the family is in the success of the client, therefore we have created a family friendly experience year round.


We are very excited to have such a beautiful home that will be able to accommodate all TBI and Spinal Cord Injury people.


Thank you, for taking the time to visit our website. Please give us your input. We look forward to hearing from you!

Winter – Let it snow let it snow let it snow ….

11 01 2012

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“Just five minutes Worm your honour him and me alone”
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Tear down the wall