Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
What is the VA Caregiver Support Program?
You're there to support your Veteran. We're here to support you. It is with this mission to help Veteran family caregivers that the Coatesville VA Caregiver Support Program has evolved. Through it, the family caregiver discovers the importance of self-care, learns about the specific medical or psychiatric condition their loved one lives with, and learns about VA health care for their Veteran.
Additionally, on May 5, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law, the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, Public Law 111-163. Part of it makes available additional VA services to seriously injured post-9/11 Veterans and their family caregivers through the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program.
Who is a family caregiver?
He or she may be a Veteran's spouse, significant other, adult child, parent, family member or friend. For a Veteran, he or she may provide transportation, prepare meals, do household chores, manage medication, assist with bathing and dressing, manage finances, and make important decisions on behalf of your loved one.
What is the VA Caregiver Support Coordinator's role?
The coordinator is a licensed professional who responds to the VA Caregiver Support Line, provides education on VA and community resources, makes appropriate referrals, and provides emotional support.
What services are offered for Veterans?
- Adult Day Health Care Services
- Home Based Primary Care
- Homemaker and Home Health Aide
- Home Telehealth
- Home Hospice Care
- Skilled Home Care
- Respite Care
- Home modifications
What resources are offered for caregivers?
Education and training, and caregiver support group opportunities are offered ongoing.
Conditions covered include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; medical conditions, i.e., ALS, diabetes and multiple sclerosis; psychiatric conditions, i.e., post traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.
- General caregiver telephone support group, call in twice monthly.
- Caregivers of Veterans with multiple sclerosis, call in once monthly (national support group).
- Family and friends of Veterans with PTSD support group, meets first Wednesday of the month and by telephone conference.
- Caregivers Coffee and Chat meets on the second Friday of the month from 11:00am to 12:00pm
- Yoga for Caregivers meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. (Please arrive 10 minutes early, bring mat, water & towel. Register in advance.)
- Stress management for caregivers.
- Dementia Competencies at Home, educational program for caregivers.
- Annual Caregiver Support Conference, offered every November.
Who is eligible?
For most of the VA Caregiver Support services described, Veterans must be enrolled for VA health care and meet medical criteria for the program.
To be eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, Veterans must be enrolled for VA health care and must have sustained a serious injury — including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder — incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001. Veterans must be in need of personal care services because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms of residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
How do I apply?
Call the National Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274, Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm ET. Learn more about the VA Caregiver Support Program at www.caregiver.va.gov.
VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we're here to support you. Follow the link to learn more about the variety of services available to Family Caregivers.
If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the services and to see if you are currently eligible.
Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA's Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.