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Tips for Caregivers of People with Brain Injury

Shepherd Center brain injury program director provides insight in a radio podcast.

Recovery from brain injury is unpredictable and can be frustrating.Those who provide care for a loved one with a brain injury can gain insight and encouragement from some tips from Shepherd Center's longtime director of brain injury services.

In this 10-minutes radio podcast, program director Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM, discusses caregiving for your loved one who has survived a brain injury. This podcast and others are available at or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.

In addition, caregivers may want to download Shepherd Center's e-book titled "Brain Injury:  A Guide for Caregivers," which is available by clicking here.

Johnson, who helped develop the caregiver guide, has been the director of brain injury services at Shepherd Center since 1998. She directs a full continuum of brain injury services, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and post-acute care that encompasses outpatient services, day program services, residential services and a mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD program for military service personnel injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Johnson is a speech-language pathologist and a certified case manager. She has spoken at numerous national and regional workshops on brain injury and has received numerous awards for advocating for people with brain injury.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.