The Caregiver's Journey

Compensation Strategies

Compensation strategies are ways to help your family member manage cognitive changes. They build on the person’s strengths. At the same time, they make up for deficits in thinking caused by the TBI.

The OT, PT, and speech language pathologist are the healthcare team members who assess how well your family member is thinking. They will develop a cognitive rehabilitation program for your family member. Their assessments will pave the way for return to the community and will help decide if your family member can return to duty, work, or school.

Each person is unique. A compensation approach that works for one person might not work for another. What works during structured inpatient rehabilitation may not work in the same manner at home. Try approaches out with your service member/veteran with help from your healthcare team. If an approach does not work well, review it with a provider and try other strategies. Continue to use your healthcare team as experts in designing compensation approaches most likely to work for your service member/veteran with TBI.