Supporting Military, Veteran, & Family Caregivers in a Pandemic: A Useful Checklist

Posted on 04/16/20

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Communities nationwide are facing new challenges given the global pandemic.

While all Americans are making changes to their daily lives, we know that older adults and those with chronic health conditions, many of whom are wounded, ill, or injured service members and veterans, are at higher risk for serious illness and complications from the coronavirus.

For instance, many military and veteran caregivers are now hesitant to run basic errands, given the risk of being exposed themselves or bringing infection into their warrior’s home. In addition, managing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other mental health issues requires constant vigilance, and COVID-19 has limited access in some cases to mental health care for many of our heroes, which can exacerbate stress and other issues.

With 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers providing loved ones with care across the country, the way they can deliver that care in a pandemic also can be impacted in the short and long-term.

Because every caregiver’s journey is unique, on good days and in challenging times, AARP and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation have teamed up again to offer strategies to help military and veteran caregivers tackle some of the most critical issues they’re facing as a result of COVID-19. We recognize that many in the caregiving community may be at elevated risk for the virus and encourage everyone to take all recommended precautions to avoid any risks or complications.

Please click on this attachment for 5 Ways to Support Your Caregiving Journey:
AARP EDF Coronavirus FactSheet for VMF FINAL 040920.pdf

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