The new AARP Military Caregiving Guide for veterans, service members and their families is now available, free of charge.
This guide provides basic tips to help you through the caregiving journey. For instance, we know family members of veterans are caregiving earlier and longer than other caregivers due to injuries sustained during their service.
The AARP Military Caregiving Guide cites five key tips and details to help you with the tools and resources you need to make this labor of love a little less burdensome.
1: Talking Out the medical or emotional needs of your wounded warrior and your role as a caregiver, including health care and finances.
2: Teaming Up and Creating a Support System of family, friends and colleagues so you’re not alone with these caregiving responsibilities.
3: Making a Plan so you know how best to respond to specific needs as they arise to give you peace of mind and to build in flexibility so the course of action can change as it evolves.
4: Seeking Professional Support for additional information and resources from those with experience helping military or veteran caregivers.
5: Caring for Yourself so you can sustain your energy and maintain your own health – Otherwise, you can’t be of much help to your wounded warrior if you get sick or burn out.