The Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin Inc.’s mission is to offer assistance and provide resources to people in Wisconsin who are living with the consequences of brain injury. This is accomplished through: Acting as an informal channel for distributing information and resources, Conducting ongoing educational opportunities, Facilitation of support groups, and Fostering prevention awareness. Our intention is to assist in developing communication channels between families and professionals in a way that: Improves relationships and cooperation, Enhances team work, and Helps reduce the possibility for future conflicts through proper communication and education.
Thank you for your interest and support of the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc.
Contact Us to tell us what you think, ask a question, request a form, schedule an appointment, RSVP to events
We are a 501C3, Tax Exempt Organization
“Don’t be concerned with the bridge you can’t cross, instead build upon the one which you are destined to!” Quote provided by Jay Baukin (Brain Injury Survivor)
We welcome a visit at our Administrative Office located in Big Bend, WI
Office Hours are Tues, Wed, and Thurs 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
W236 S7050 Big Bend Drive, Suite 3, Big Bend, WI 53103
Phone (262) 770-4882 / Fax (262) 436-1747
email us at Admin@bircofwi.org
Mailing address is P.O. Box 808, Muskego, WI 53150-0808
Conveniently located just off of Hwy 43 near the intersection of Hwy ES (National Avenue) and Hwy 164 in Waukesha County. Come visit and shop in our Market Place (featuring items crafted by Brain Injury survivors living in Wisconsin). The Market Place is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (cash and check is preferred).
Need to locate a brain injury support group near you?
New in 2014! “Talking Points” Gatherings
This is a series of sessions being held once per month on the second Tuesday of the month. These sessions are intended to start conversations about issues faced by brain injury survivors that go deeper than support group meetings. These sessions are from 6:30p – 8:30p (locations vary based on availability) Call 262-770-4882 or refer to our calender of events for location information. Presentations are available for future scheduling and download after initial workshop has been conducted
Governor Scott Walker
declared March 2014
as Brain Injury Awareness Month
Why is this important? Just browse through our website to discover why
The hospital stay is over and rehab is done or has slowed.
It is assumed that you can just start where you left off before the injury.
It may be years post-injury and things are changing. What now?
At some point, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe even you begin to realize thatsince the injury “daily living” takes on a whole new meaning. Not just for the brain injury survivor, not just for the parent or the spouse, not just for the friend or co-worker, but for everyone.
Community Support is paramount! It may take years for the person with a brain injury to find a new comfort zone and create a routine that suits their post-injury skills, abilities, and personality.
Make your home as safe, secure, organized, routine, and memory friendly as possible. Once an individual does begin to realize that they cannot relate as they once did, they will need reassurance that time and effort will bring improvement.
There are five stages of normal grief that the survivor may go through and emotions may be in turmoil for quite some time.
Denial is the first reaction to the loss of something.
It is often followed by anger which in most cases causes the most emotional pain.
Survivors may experience a grief known as bargaining where they try to make deals (sometimes of a spiritual nature) to gain back what was lost.
The most dangerous stage of grief and loss with the risk of suicide is depression.
Finally, acceptance can be realized and being at peace, finding joy in new lives, but still working to improve takes them on the path of emotional recovery.
Marriages can change after brain injury, friendships can fall apart, employer expectations may no longer be met, how you relate to your parents and how they relate to you may also have changed, how you feel, think, and react is not the same.
For example, a person diagnosed with anosognosia after brain injury is not aware of their own difficulties or the impression that they are making on others.
Life after brain injury can be like a scene from the movie “The Parent Trap.” You look like the same person, but you are not.
Cognitive changes may affect memory, judgment, reasoning, learning, processing speech and vision.
Physical changes may affect gait, vision, hearing, paralysis, swallowing, energy level, weakness, smell, taste, etc.
Behavioral and psychiatric changes may include mood swings, impulsive, agitation, sadness, depression, anxiety, aggression, social inappropriateness; and epilepsy.
There tend to be numerous changes, making life very difficult and feelings of isolation often occur.
The topics, ideas, suggestions, and information listed throughout this website are being provided as a look into the life of a person after brain injury. It is important to remember that the person is as unique as the injury and life post-injury will be as well.
The “what now” works both ways; how does the family make it work and how does the survivor make it work.
Support for Your Health Journey We offer protected websites for connecting people when it matters most. A nonprofit supported by people just like you, CaringBridge serves more than 500,000 people each day