Venture Forthe is the leading provider of long-term supportive services for individuals who have suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Venture Forthe is the most experienced and largest provider of long-term community based services for individuals with TBI in Western New York. Our seasoned clinicians and personal care aides understand the unique challenges individuals with TBI face and have the resources and expertise to help you or your loved one overcome these challenges.

 

What Is TBI?

Traumatic Brain Injury

"A traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. Damage can be a result of a stroke, car accident, whiplash, assault, gunshot wound, aneurysm, infection, anorexia, concussion, or blast injury. Brain injury results in changes to physical, cognitive, executive, effective/behavioral, and psycho-social functioning."

TBI Signs and Symptoms from the Center for Disease Control:

The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be subtle. Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury or may even be missed as people may appear fine even though they may act or feel differently. The following are some common signs and symptoms of a TBI:

  • Headaches or neck pain that do not go away;
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions;
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading;
  • Getting lost or easily confused;
  • Feeling tired all of the time, having no energy or motivation;
  • Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason);
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping a lot more or having a hard time sleeping);
  • Light-headed, dizziness, or loss of balance;
  • Urge to vomit (nausea);
  • Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, or distractions;
  • Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily;
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste; and
  • Ringing in the ears.

Child TBI Signs and Symptoms

Children with a traumatic brain injury can have the same symptoms as adults, but it is often harder for them to let others know how they feel. Call your child's doctor if they have had a blow to the head and you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Tiredness or listlessness;
  • Irritability or crankiness (will not stop crying or cannot be consoled);
  • Changes in eating (will not eat or nurse);
  • Changes in sleep patterns;
  • Changes in the way the child plays;
  • Changes in performance at school;
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys or activities;
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training;
  • Loss of balance or unsteady walking; or Vomiting.