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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

 

Caregiver Support

Caregiver logo If you are a caregiver of a Veteran, we are here to support you.

Our sole purpose is to help you, the wife or husband, mother or father, sister or brother, daughter or son, or loving friend who cares for a Veteran.

We are caring professionals who can...

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA
  • Help you access services and benefits
  • Connect you with your local caregiver support coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you
  • Just listen, if that's what you need right now.

Patient with caregiver The VA Palo Alto Health Care System has two distinct programs for caregivers of Veterans. The first, called the Family Caregiver Program, has been established for caregivers of Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Find more information regarding eligibility criteria and how to apply for the Family Caregiver Program >>

The second program, called the General Caregiver Program, has been established for caregivers of Veterans of all eras. Any caregiver who provides routine assistance to a Veteran receiving VA health care services is eligible to participate. Find more information regarding the General Caregiver Program >>

Who is a Caregiver?
If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you are a caregiver of a Veteran:

  • Do you feel responsible for providing support to a Veteran?
  • Do you help out a Veteran around the home with cooking or cleaning, even if only on an occasional basis?
  • Do you take a Veteran to run errands and/or escort him or her to medical appointments?
  • Would the Veteran call you in an emergency and expect your prompt assistance?
  • Do you provide support or assistance to a Veteran living in long-term care, assisted living, or a residential facility?

Caregiver Services

Caregiver Services

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.

Benefits for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?

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.

Contact

Deirdre McNamara, LISW
Caregiver Support Coordinator
795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-493-5000 Ext. 27795
Deirdre.McNamara@va.gov

Retha Wellons, PhD
Caregiver Support Coordinator
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-493-5000 Ext. 62380
Retha.Wellons@va.gov

Shelly Foutz-Lowe, LICSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator
795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-281-5600
Shelly.Foutz-Lowe@va.gov

Tina Shat, LCSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator
795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-493-5000 Ext. 24727
Christina.Shat@va.gov

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Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274