Operation Family Caregiver (OFC)
Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
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Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health offers Operation Family Caregiver (OFC). OFC is a four-year project which began in the fall of 2015 offering free and confidential support to families of those who have served our nation. Trained coaches help military families of all eras learn how to overcome the obstacles they face and to manage any challenges that might come along. OFC is a personalized program, tailored specifically to the struggles of each family and usually lasts 16 to 24 weeks.
Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health provides the Certified Caregiver Coaches while program partner, Virginia Veteran and Family Support serves as a community partner assisting with any care coordination and resource support needed by the veterans and/or family members residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia who are participating in Operation Family Caregiver. The Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program (VVFS) is operated statewide by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and provides outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they address the challenges of military service, transition, deployments, post-traumatic stress or other behavioral health concerns as well as traumatic brain injuries and physical injuries.
OFC is a voluntary four (4) to six (6) month evidenced-based program for family members, partners, friend, battle buddies, etc. who are caring for returning serving members or veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or physical disability. The program is designed to improve the caregiver's ability to utilize problem-solving skills to lower depression, health complaints, and burden and to enhance the caregiver's well being. The program seeks to improve the management of anxiety of children residing in the home by increasing the caregiver's ability to locate and utilize available support resources for the children.
The program can be provided in the consumer's home, telephone, Skype or Facetime.
NOTE: Operation Family Caregiver is a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving with Catalytic funding from Johnson & Johnson and is not affiliated with the Veteran's Health Administration Caregiver Support Program. No stipends are available to program participants but at this time the program is provided free of charge.