The Caregiver's Journey

Feedback

Feedback means giving information to your family member about how he or she is doing. A brain injury can make it hard for a person to fully understand how he or she is behaving. Feedback from others can help the person see what is going on.

The best time to give feedback is right away, just after the situation happened. If your family member has memory problems, it can be hard for him or her to remember what happened for very long. So prompt feedback is best.

You need to give feedback in a firm but gentle manner. This may be hard at first, but keep practicing. It will get easier. A direct and supportive approach works best.

Consistency is another key. Attend therapy as much as you can to learn how to provide feedback to your service member/veteran. You can also learn how your service member/veteran tends to respond to different types of feedback. The more consistent the approach, the more likely the feedback will have a positive impact on the thinking and behavior of your service member/veteran.