National Family Caregiver Month - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

National Family Caregiver Month

Picture of multi-generational family in their kitchen

Picture of multi-generational family in their kitchen

By Jennifer Jaqua, Caregiver Support Coordinator
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who is a caregiver?   A caregiver  is someone who assists another with  personal care or provides supervision for someone to ensure safety within the home or community.  Do you:  help a loved one with medications?   Accompany him or her to health care appointments?  Provide monitoring of behavior and mood? 

Family caregivers make significant contributions on behalf of our nation’s Veterans every day.  The Department of Veterans Affairs wants take this opportunity during National Family Caregiver Month to salute  all caregivers who are involved in the lives of  so many Veterans.

During 2011,  the VA   placed a Caregiver Support Coordinator at each VA Medical Center.  The VA’s Caregiver Support Program was developed to support Caregivers of Veterans.  The Program provides a wide range of services to Caregivers of eligible Veterans of all eras.

Overview of Services

Caregivers of eligible Veterans of all eras may qualify for:

  • Homemaker/Home Health Aid services
  • Up to 30 days of respite per year
  • Education and training on care giving
  • Aid & Attendance
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Support Groups

Caregivers of eligible Veterans Seriously Injured on or after September 11, 2011, may qualify for:

  • All services listed above
  • Monthly Caregiver stipend
  • Mental Health services
  • Supportive counseling
  • At least 30 days of respite care per year
  • CHAMPVA healthcare coverage

Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator serves as a source of information about the program.  Your coordinator can help you apply for services,   guide you through the process, connect you to resources within the VA and within your local community, as well as provide you with individual and/or group support.

Please contact:  Jennifer Jaqua, MSW,   Caregiver Support Coordinator at 608-256-1901,   ext. 11485

National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274   www.caregiver.va.gov

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