Month of the Family Caregiver: Organizations Responding to Hidden Heroes

Event Description:

During the month of November – National Family Caregiver Month – a lot of attention is paid to caregivers and the critical roles they play. However, when we think about caregivers and community-based resources and supports, we often only think about persons caring for an older adult. But what about military caregivers?

This free webinar will highlight two organizations and their very specific missions to support caregivers of all stripes but especially the 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States. The responsibilities of a military caregiver may include a wounded service member but also a person with a special healthcare need or developmental disability.

Easterseals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families for over 100 years through services and support surrounding medical rehabilitation, employment and training, children’s services, adult and senior services, and camping and recreation. More recently Easterseals has responded to military caregiving by providing support for caregivers and their families through respite care, inclusive childcare, employment and career services, transportation, behavioral/physical health services and advocacy at the federal and local levels.

Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a program within the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. RCI supports caregivers – both family and professional caregivers through advocacy, education, research and service. OFC coaches the families of returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties they face when returning. The program has been implemented across the nation and within communities to teach military families how to best navigate the challenges that come with caregiving in order to build a stronger family network.

Join MFLNMC and representatives from Easterseals and OFC for an engaging session on these organizations’ response to military caregiving and learn how these resources can help the caregivers you serve.

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 *The cover photo image [Caregiver wife keeps family rolling] by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Created by Hannah Hyde