What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is a defined as an individual who tends to the needs of a person with short- or long-term deficits due to illness, injury or disability. Caregivers play a very important role in the health care of the patient, and are often the primary source of information about the individual for the service provider.

Though many people associate the caregiver role with aging and dementia, caregiving may be initiated by a major health event, such as a stroke, accident, trauma, or heart event. You may suddenly be faced with the reality that your loved one isn’t safe living independently as they were prior to the event. You may notice memory deficits becoming dangerous. Life as you know it stops, and your energy is redirected into caring for your loved one.

Community Brain Injury Services recognizes and appreciates the very important role of the caregiver and the impact they have on the rehabilitation of the survivor of brain injury. We aim to provide a community of collaboration that helps not only the survivor, but also the support network and family system. 

CBIS Caregiver Support Group

If you identify as a caregiver to an individual who has an acquired brain injury, we invite you to attend a Caregiver Support Group meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all support group meetings are being held virtually through Zoom. Click here to download the Caregiver Flyer

The Caregiver Support Group meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm. You can be located in either our Metro Richmond or Virginia Peninsula service areas to participate.

Please CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting. Please contact one of the group leaders below for the meeting ID and password to gain access to the meeting if you have not already received that information.

For more information on the Caregiver Support Group, please contact one of the individuals listed below.

Jennifer Zemke- jennifer@communitybraininjury.org

Tamika Shelton- tamika@communitybraininjury.org

Karen Grazionale- kgrazionale@gmail.com

Additional Resources

Below are some resources that you might find useful in your journey in being a caregiver for a survivor of brain injury:

  • Brain Injury Association of Virginia– The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) is the statewide advocacy organization for individuals affected with a brain injury. Their mission is to advance education, awareness, support, treatment and research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance– Family Caregiver Alliance is the National Center on Caregiving. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for caregivers and the people who receive their care.


“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” — Rosalyn Carter

Caregiver Supports

Opportunities and Supports for Caregivers at CBIS include:

  • Caregiver Support Group Meetings
  • Caregiver Appreciation Events
  • Caregiver Educational Workshops
  • Open Houses and Holiday Celebration Luncheons at the Clubhouses
  • A dedicated point of contact for collaboration on the services for your loved one
  • CBIS Caregiver Facebook group

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caregiver Support Group Meetings have been moved to a virtual platform until further notice**