Giving Life

Oftentimes, organizations work to meet the basic needs of the Caregiver; the necessities of life. But what happens when the necessities, as defined by the Caregiver, do not align with the traditional perception of a need i.e. food, housing or respite? How many organizations truly interpret the identified “desires” of a Caregiver, as perhaps, a true “need” for that Caregivers emotional or psychological well-being? Through the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program, we work to help Caregivers improve their quality of life, as the Caregiver defines quality, based on the Caregivers definition of their needs, to help them feel complete. Running
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The Simple Things

As we scurried about the holidays looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones and families, caught in the euphoria of the moment and the anticipation of the smiling faces opening that special present, it was easy to forget the simple things that make life worthwhile: ease of movement throughout ones’ home, helping our children to realize their dreams, our spirits being uplifted with a new hairstyle or make-over. For this caregiver family, it is the little things that can make life that much easier and more worthwhile. The caregiver family of 4 includes the veteran, his spouse and
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2017 Holiday Blessing Responses

“Omg thank you so much Sarah you have no idea how much of a blessing this will be! We are so grateful!” – KP “Thank you so much! This is such a huge blessing for sure. This will take some stress for the holidays with kids gifts and other expenses for sure. Thank you for all your amazing help and support to our family.” – BJ   “Oh my goodness I don’t even know what to say!! Thank you so much from myself and my family!! That is such a wonderful surprise on this Wednesday afternoon! Thank you!!!” – LF  
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Quality Family Time

From the Caregiver: “Dear Angie, I hope my email finds you well today! I would like to thank you and the Qolfoundation for our golf clubs. They arrived on Monday and by Wednesday we were on the golf course soon as my son got back from School. It was such a beautiful moment for my family and my clubs are light and just perfect for my hands. Thank you so much for making Golf even more enjoyable for us! Now we can get out more and enjoy Golf as a family. Thank you so much!”   When your veteran comes
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Home Sweet Home

From the Caregiver: “I cannot use enough words to tell you how thankful (we) are for your help with our lawn/flower bed project. We would never have been able to do this on our own. It brings me so much joy to look out my front door now. I keep opening the front door to look at the beautiful flowers and plants. I was embarrassed about how our lawn and flower beds looked before. It made me sad to pull up to our house. Now I can be proud and feel happy that this is the way it looks now.
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DRT Brings Game-Changing Technology to QoLF

DRT’s Technology Transformation team modernizes Wounded Veteran Family Care Program with newest, cloud-based approach to data management, data analytics and data visualization. (reprint of original article at http://www.drtstrategies.com/qolf?journal=109) DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT) (www.drtstrategies.com), a leading management and technology solutions firm, announced today that the company’s Technology Transformation team designed, built and implemented its enterprise business intelligence solution, providing data management, data analytics and data visualization, for the Quality of Life Foundation, the national organization that through the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program, supports families who provide substantial care to severely wounded, injured or ill veterans.  To deliver the cloud-based and mobile
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A Thousand Words

Our caregivers hustle between chores, caregiving, nurturing, and life. Oftentimes, without a moment to spare or a minute to pause. The ability to enjoy a sunset, a flower, or a pretty picture will often elude a caregiver as they rush to the next task or next emergency at hand. To be able to capture a moment, any moment, may seem trivial to most but for one caregiver, it meant a moment of solitude and enjoyment … it meant a moment to connect with her family. This caregiver provides Tier 3 level care to her veteran spouse and 3 children. The veteran
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Taking It For Granted

As we go through our days on our cellphones, IPAD’s, and our other personal electronic devices, that facilitate access, ease paperwork, and make rapid response a given, it is easy to forget, or not even have a notion, that many people do not have these simple devices to make their lives easier. In some households, there are not any computers, or an internet connection at all. For some children, the only computer they will touch will be the one in their schools. Computers and technology are not a given a given for everyone—it is, in so many instances, a privilege. Oftentimes,
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Doing it Alone – With a Little Help

Our military caregiver families are special. Oftentimes after multiple deployments and military moves, these families are accustomed to getting things done. They have mastered the art of negotiating difficult situations and there are few challenges that they are not ready to try to tackle on their own. Not to mention, the ability to take care of yourself, and secure your own quality of life, is fundamental to every persons’ feeling of completeness. For the most part, our caregiver families are doing it alone. Many come to the Quality of Life Foundation for support after years of trying to figure out
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When It Rains

It Does Not Always Have To Pour Our caregivers are often beset with incredible challenges. Many out of their control, and some like an act of God, as exhibited in the Texas, leave them at a total loss. But what do you do when it is not an act of God, and still out of your control, and it seems there is no way out that does not create more problems? Sometimes, you just tell the story. This caregiver of six includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and four minor children.  The Veteran served in the Army and deployed
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