Operation Family Caregiver—Making a Difference in WA

Being thrust into the role of caregiving for a veteran can be overwhelming, and Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) offers practical assistance to make the transition smoother. Created at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, and funded by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, this program is now offered in Washington State through a partnership with Easterseals Washington.

With OFC, a specially trained Caregiver Coach provides one-on-one, free and confidential support to anyone caring for a service member or veteran with service-related injuries, both seen and unseen.  The key is to provide evidence-based problem-solving strategies for anyone who has taken on the              responsibility of helping a service member or veteran get through each day.  Outcomes include caregivers who report lower daily stress, higher satisfaction with life, and improved health.

Meredith McMackin, an OFC Caregiver Coach and Gold Star and Blue Star Mother, understands the pressures of caregiving and the hesitancy to ask for help. She uses the OFC tools in the way that is most convenient and comfortable for the caregiver. “We often meet virtually or check in through quick phone calls,” Meredith comments. “We brainstorm creative ideas to solve problems ranging from inaccessible living areas to jam-packed schedules, and we emphasize self-care and stress reduction. The sessions are focused and pro-active!

Space is still available, and more info can be found here:  http://www.easterseals.com/washington/our-programs/military-veteran-serv..., or call 206-281-5700, ext. 123.