Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

Rosalynn Carter Institute will receive $1,661,968 over three years to embed the evidence-based Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) program at the point of service within three VA medical facilities to support caregivers of severely injured and disabled veterans. This project will enable caregivers, who are accompanying veterans to medical appointments at VA, to access care and receive training to develop self-supportive care methods.

Need

Since 9/11, more than 2.5 million men and women have been deployed. Statistics reveal that over 320,000 may have a traumatic brain injury and 400,000 may live with post-traumatic stress. Caregivers providing support for these veterans are struggling to cope; forty percent report suffering from depression, 4 times the national average. In the last 5 years, research has found that these caregivers have an increased risk of grief, fatigue, and physical health problems secondary to exhaustion and self-neglect.

Project

This project will implement an evidence-based program, Operation Family Caregiver, at the point of service - VA medical centers where caregivers accompany veterans for care appointments. Currently, an evidence-based caregiver support program that directly works with the caregiver to develop coping skills is not embedded at these centers. The OFC program teaches new skill sets and problem-solving – and gives time for caregivers to work with a coach to practice implementing these skills.

Project Leader

Jennifer Olsen, jennifer.olsen@gsw.edu