For the last 3 years, I have been a caregiver for my mother. When she passed away, I wrote that it was “Halftime In My Caregiving Journey” being that at some point I will have to do it all over again for Dad.
But Dad is a veteran, and in addition to being far more prepared to be a caregiver than I was the last time, as a veteran I have access to certain services that were unavailable to me with Mom.
This article is going to describe some of the services available as well as give instructions to the caregiver of a veteran how to access these services.
Who Is A Caregiver
A caregiver would be someone who provides personal care services for a Veteran. These services could include assistance with the Activities for Daily Living like personal hygiene, or providing supervision to ensure the safety of a veteran.
A caregiver can be a spouse, significant other, adult child, parent, family member or a friend.
About The Program
The VA’s Caregiver Support Program was developed to support caregivers of veterans, the VA’s partners in ensuring the best care for veterans. The goal of the program is to strengthen and support caregivers in this role.
The program offers a menu of services including online courses, face-to-face classes, telephone support, in-person and peer support. It is the choice of the caregiver how they wish to participate in the services.
Every VA Medical Center has a Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC). This professional is your key to accessing the menu of services available through the VA.
Contact the CSC nearest you for more information. The way you do this is to call your local VA Medical Center or hospital and ask for the caregiver support coordinator.
VA offers a wide range of services for caregivers of eligible veterans of all eras.
Caregivers of eligible veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 may be eligible for additional support and services, including financial assistance.
Every VA Medical Center has a Caregiver Support Coordinator who can help you locate the services you need as well. You just need to contact the specific Medical Center in question and ask to speak to the Caregiver Support Coordinator.
Services To Support Caregivers
Eligible veterans and their caregivers may qualify for…
- Skilled nursing care
- Home health aide
- Home based primary care
- Peer support
- Medical Equipment
- Home modifications
- Vehicle modifications
- The Veterans Aid and Attendance Program
- Support Groups
- Respite Care
- Education and Training for Caregivers