Caregiver Support During the Holiday Season

first_imgDuring the holiday season many Americans gather with loved ones to celebrate traditions and give thanks for the blessing received throughout the year. Despite the effects of war, wounded warriors and their family caregivers try to do the same.Many military caregivers are faced with caring for wounded warriors experiencing loss of limb(s), vision loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or severe burn injuries. During the holiday season the emotional toll of caregiving may heighten.Whether your caregiving responsibilities may be short-term, long-term, or indefinite, you face a roller coaster of emotions. These emotions can leave you feeling blue, ultimately affecting your caregiving ability. By identifying these emotions now, you’ll be better able to cope with them during the holiday season.Consider the emotions that are described in the article, “Caregiving Leaving You Feeling Blue?” The article identifies emotions that you may go through as a military family caregiver, such as:AnxietyGuiltHopelessness and abandonmentAnger and resentmentFearInadequacyWhile it is normal to experience these emotions, as the caregiver, it is important to understand how your emotions can affect your lifestyle.In order to take control of your emotions, “Caregiving Leaving You Feeling Blue?,” suggests…Taking regular breaks from caregiving.Focusing on your health as well as your wounded warrior’s.Joining a support group for caregivers in similar situations.Remember, your role as caregiver does not mean you have to do everything or do everything alone. Realize that you are not alone; individuals who share similar feelings are ready to help you. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 for times when you just need someone to listen. Or contact your local Army installation’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) for information about support groups and caregiver support services.last_img

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