Military Caregivers

Caregivers are the hidden heroes of the military population. They are responsible for supporting a military Service member or veteran with little to no training and sometimes without help.

With such an important job, it is imperative that caregivers practice self-care while also caring for America’s ill, injured or wounded warriors.

COMING OCTOBER 2016 !

Click the icon to DOWNLOAD The Caregivers Companion. The guidebook is also available in iBooks.

Samueli Institute created “The Caregivers Companion: Self-care for Health in Mind, Body and Spirit,” to provide a guide for military caregivers as they journey toward happier, healthier lives. This requires aligning the body, mind and spirit, as well as creating a system of support.

The guidebook will help to support all military caregivers no matter their relationship to the person they are caring for or when they served. This includes husband and wives, parents and children, friends, relatives, and acquaintances. “The Caregivers Companion” is designed for all who provide care.

The Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

Self-care is more than exercise and healthy eating. Though caring for yourself physically is important, the core of wellbeing comes from how you feel about yourself, your life and your relationships.

Connecting the mind, body and spirit will allow you to become a whole person. With wholeness comes fulfillment. Read more about the Body-Mind-Spirit connection.

Choosing Health

Living a healthy life is one of the key things you can do to achieve and maintain wellbeing. This is accomplished by minding your diet, being physically active and maintain positive relationships.

Sometimes, for caregivers, it is difficult to put yourself first. So, choosing health means, although you have a priority to care for another, you make a commitment to also care for yourself. Read our health articles.

Your Circle of Support

Humans are by nature, social beings. Relationships with others are essential to your wellbeing. The relationships that you build should be loving and supportive.

Love and support reduce stress, boost your immune system, improve quality of life and prevent isolation and depression. Read articles on relationships.

Surround Yourself with Care

What surrounds you affects your ability to find peace, rest and strength. Everyone needs a “healing space.” This is a place where you feel good and is usually the site of family gatherings and fun.

Once your know who your supporters are, invited them to your healing space and let the enjoyment begin.

Take Your Next Step Forward

Self-care means regaining your sense of identity, building strong social connections, making healthy lifestyle choices, and surrounding yourself with healing where you live, care work and play. Read more about the self-care journey.


Videos

Samueli Institute President CEO, Wayne B. Jonas, MD provides journaling tips for military caregivers. Click to watch.

Samueli Institute President CEO, Wayne B. Jonas, MD provides journaling tips for military caregivers. Click to watch.

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Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that is practiced for defense training and for health benefits. Click to watch.

Samueli Institute nutrition expert gives healthy eating tips. Click to watch.

Samueli Institute nutrition expert gives healthy eating tips. Click to watch.

Meditation is a practice in which a individual induces a mode of consciousness. Click to watch a meditation exercise.

Meditation is a practice in which an individual induces a mode of consciousness. Click to watch a meditation exercise.

Learn about Acupuncture techniques and the benefits of this treatment. Click to watch.

Learn about Acupuncture techniques and the benefits of this treatment. Click to watch.

 


FAQs

How can I read The Caregivers Companion?

The Caregivers Companion is available as a free downloadable PDF for easy printing and viewing on your PC, smart phone or tablet. Or you can download the free .epub on iTunes to read on your Mac or iPhone using iBooks

Is the book free?

The Caregivers Companion is available for free as a downloadable PDF and .epub. 


Resources for Military Caregivers

Mantram Repetition for Caregivers

Learn about the key techniques and phrases that make mantram repetition helpful for caregiver.

Getting a Healthy Sleep

Sleep is essential to everyone’s health and wellbeing. Learn more about sleep, the many phases of rest and the what is can do for your body.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a helpful way for people to express themselves. Every day it is becoming a more commonly used method for healing.

Chaplain Support for Caregivers

Spirituality is an important part of coping, surviving and healing. Chaplain services can help guide caregivers from all religious backgrounds to a more healthy spiritual life.

Chiropractic Care

Learn about chiropractic care and its many benefits for healing the military family.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can improve energy and balance in the body. Learn how this is helpful to military caregivers.

External Resources:

Education for Caregivers

SAFE (Support and Family Education)

MOAA (Military Officers Association of America)

Caregiver Stress Assessment

Health for Caregivers

Next Step in Care

Feeding Your Brain- Nutrition 

TBI Resources 

Support for Caregivers & Military Families

Military and Veteran Caregiver Network

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

Hope for the Warriors

Caregiver Support, Department of Veterans Affairs

Technology for Caregivers & Military Families

Mobile Apps

Virtual Hope Box Android | Apple

Breath2Relax      Android | Apple

Tactical Breather Android | Apple

CBT-I Coach       Android | Apple

Social Networks

Military Kids Connect 

Caregiver Teleconnection




Meet Our Military Experts

Joan A. G. Walter, JD, PA Chief Operating Officer Samueli Institute

Joan A. G. Walter, JD, PA
Chief Operating Officer
Samueli Institute

Kimberly McConnell, EdD Gold Star Wife Research Manager Samueli Institute

Kimberly McConnell, EdD
Gold Star Wife
Research Manager
Samueli Institute

CAPT ret. Kevin Berry, MD Vice President Military Medical Research Samueli Institute

CAPT ret. Kevin Berry, MD
Vice President
Military Medical Research
Samueli Institute

Patty Shinseki Board of Directors Samueli Institute

Patty Shinseki
Board of Directors (2014-2016)
Samueli Institute