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Taking care of an ill or injured loved one can lead to many confusing or stressful situations.VA has long recognized the importance of family and friends in providing care for Veterans with a disability or illness. We offer many services to support family caregivers.
Your local Caregiver Support coordinator can give you more information about services available to you and the Veteran you care for. These services may include:
- Adult Day Health Care – Safe environments staffed with professionals who provide care, companionship and rehabilitation. They free up caregivers’ days to see to other responsibilities.
- Home-Based Primary Care – Routine health care services delivered to the Veteran at home. This service is provided for Veterans who have difficulty traveling. Some of their services are primary care and nursing, managing medication, and helping plan and put together nutritious and tasty meals.
- Skilled Home Care – Similar to Home-Based Primary care, but services are provided by a non-VA medical professional who is paid by VA.
- Homemakers and Home Health Aides – Provide assistance with daily personal care such as bathing, and eating. The home health aide visits on a regular schedule to allow the caregiver times to take care of their own needs.
- Home Telehealth – Uses communication technology such as a telephone or computer to monitor a patient’s health and communicate about health care.
- Respite Care – Veterans who require caregivers may stay up to 30 days a year in Community Living Center or other facility. This time allows for a break from providing daily care, to handle an emergency or simply renew your own energy.
Home Hospice Care – Provides services and support for Veterans who would rather spend their last days in their own home. The team, which includes medical professionals and grief counselors, is available 24 hours a day.
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.