Since 1979, the Epilepsy Foundation Middle and West Tennessee has served sixty-one counties with free information and referral, educational presentations, individual and group counseling, advocacy, summer camp, therapeutic recreation and service coordination for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Community Education Services
By raising the level of awareness and teaching the general public about epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation can help to reduce the fear and stigma associated with the disorder. It is our hope that people with seizures will be able to participate in all life experiences without fear of having a seizure in public and how others will react to them.
We do this through free information and referral; educational presentations to schools, nonprofit and civic organizations; training seminars for health care personnel and law enforcement; health fairs; individual and group counseling; seven support groups meeting in Nashville, Cookeville, Shelbyville, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Memphis, and Lewisburg; parent support network; and summer camp.
Therapeutic Recreation Services
Studies have shown that recreational therapy interventions are effective in alleviating primary symptoms of traumatic brain injury, as well as in promoting and enhancing ongoing health maintenance, independent functioning and overall quality of life. In addition, caregivers receive respite while their family members attend the sessions.
Therapeutic recreation programs meet once a week in Columbia, Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.
Service Coordination for Traumatic Brain Injury
Approximately 6,000 Tennesseans suffer each year from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). After a person is treated and leaves the hospital or rehabilitation facility, they are often left to face the world with impaired cognitive, behavioral and emotional difficulties.
The Tennessee Traumatic Brain Injury Program provides eight service coordinators across the state to help TBI survivors and their families. Cookeville and Shelbyville coordination is provided by the Epilepsy Foundation Middle and West Tennessee. Service coordinators help people with various needs such as obtaining free or discounted medicine, applying for Social Security or other benefits, recommending trained counselors or assistance with finding recreational social services. The service coordinator also helps identify survivor goals, develops a comprehensive care plan and monitors the person’s progress.