“Self-care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on Earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to our true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
-Parker J Palmer, American Author, Educator, and Activist
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) enrollment population is climbing. Approximately five percent of the Marine Corps total force is operating in a caregiver capacity. Serving as a Marine or spouse and a caregiver leaves little time for self-care. However, the importance of caring for yourself is equally as great as caring for your loved ones. Without you standing at the ready, who will your peers and family rely on?
Let us help you take care of you. Following are few simple reminders for daily self-care and some considerations for the long-haul.
Down the Road:
You don’t have to do it all on your own, and Marine Corps Community Services is here to help. EFMP Family Caseworkers are standing by to support your family’s needs.
Being the primary caregiver of a family member with special needs can make it difficult to find time for self-care or to find a community who understands your lifestyle and the unique stressors and demands of caregiving. EFMP can help!
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) improves the quality of life for Active Duty Marines who support a family member with special needs by ensuring access to necessary medical care and educational support.