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Caregivers for Veterans

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November is National Family Caregivers for Veterans Month

We proudly salute the men and women that have distinguished themselves in service to our country. We depend on them to keep or country safe and protect our interest around the globe. It is right and just that they receive the support they need when they return home. Caregivers are very important to the support of our veterans.

This article, originally posted in 2013, highlights the support available to veterans and their caregivers through Veterans Affairs. As we approach Veterans Day (Nov 11th) let’s honor our vets with the support and compassion they deserve.

Are you a caregiver for a veteran? You should know that there are many services available to support you in that work.  The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs has several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for the Veteran you love and for yourself.  For complete information about the services available, go to Caregiver Services.

Caregiver Support Line: Call 1-855-260-3274available Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm ET; Saturday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm ET.  Contact a Caregiver Support Coordinator to learn about the assistance available from VA. On the website, you can find the number for your own area Caregiver Support Coordinator at the local VA center by entering in your zip code.

The VA offers many services to family caregivers of veterans.  Ask the Caregiver Support Coordinator about any of these programs:Caregivers for veterans

Adult Day Health Care Centers   ADHC Centers are a safe environments with constant supervision designed for veterans to get out of the home and participate in activities.  The center helps you get some time to take care of yourself too.

Home-Based Primary Care    If a veteran is not able to travel for routine health care, then a medical professional can come to your home.

Skilled Home Care    This service provides a medical professional who comes to your home to help care for a home-bound veteran. Some of the care a Veteran can receive includes basic nursing services and physical, occupational, or speech therapies.

Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program   The Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program is designed to help a veteran with personal care needs. Your local VA medical center can help arrange for a home health aide who will come to your home on a regular schedule to allow you time to take care of your own needs.

Home Telehealth   If it is difficult to travel to a VA medical center for assistance, this program gives you access by phone or computer in your home to a  Care Support coordinators. Programs may vary from VA center to center.

Respite Care  If a veteran requires a caregiver, the caregiver is eligible to receive up to 30 days of respite care each year. The care can be offered in a variety of settings including home-care or through temporary placement of a Veteran at a VA Community Living Center, a VA-contracted Community Residential Care Facility, or an Adult Day Health Care Center. Respite care may also be provided in response to a Family Caregiver’s unexpected hospitalization, a need to go out of town, or a family emergency.

Home Hospice Care  During the advanced stages of a terminal disease, Home Hospice Care can offer comfort and supportive services for you and the Veteran you care for in your own home.   A team of health care providers and volunteers from a local community hospice agency can provide  services. The team is there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bereavement care (grief counseling) is also available for you and other immediate family members.

 

On Veterans’ Day, and every day that weather permits, our family  proudly flies the Flag of the United States of America in remembrance and in honor of the veterans in our own family who have served in the Army, Navy and Marines.  We hope you will do the same to honor veterans and active military members in every branch of the military.

Please feel free to download the following help sheets made available through the VA website.

If you have trouble printing them just contact us with your mailing address and we’ll be glade to send them to you.

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