Are You A Caregiver?
Taking care of your family
You may not think of yourself as the “caregiver” of your military spouse, child, or friend. You are just doing what needs to be done for your family, because someone needs to do it, and you are the one who can do it right now. You’re focused on caring for your family or friend, and you know how to do that best.
You are a caregiver if…
If you do any of the tasks below for a recently returned service member or veteran – whether you are immediate family, extended family, or a friend of the service member – you are a military caregiver.
- I assist my loved one or friend with normal activities of daily life, such as eating, dressing, toileting, shaving, etc.
- I have to help my loved one or friend through emotional “storms” or outbursts.
- I often miss work because I need to care for my loved one or friend.
- I advocate for new and better treatment for my loved one or friend.
- I sometimes feel overwhelmed as I care for my loved one or friend.
- I have taken on legal and/or financial responsibilities for my loved one or friend.
- I assist in health care (such as giving shots, changing dressings, etc.) and/or medication management for my loved one or friend.
- I identify and coordinate professional care and services (making arrangements for occupational health, physical therapy, etc.) for my loved one or friend.
Are you taking care of yourself?
Caring for returning service members and veterans can take a toll on health and well-being. Military caregivers are at a high risk of physical and emotional stress and strain, but since many don’t identify as caregivers, they may not seek help or support. Over time, military caregivers find themselves feeling depressed and hopeless. Operation Family Caregiver supports these caregivers and helps them better tackle their challenges and lay the foundation for a strong and healthy family. Get started now.