Levels of Recovery and How the Family Can Help

People with brain injuries move through recovery at different speeds. Some people may:

  • Move from one level of functioning to another
  • Never be at a lower level of functioning
  • Never reach higher levels of functioning
  • Be at more than one level at the same time

How fast and how much a person recovers is affected by many things, such as:

  • Length of oxygen deprivation
  • Other injuries (such as cardiac or orthopedic injuries)
  • Complications during the recovery process
  • Age and general health
  • Medication side effects

In general, the more serious the injury, the longer and more intensive the rehabilitation will be.

Longer periods of unconsciousness lead to a greater likelihood that some disability will remain, even after an extended period of recovery.