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VA Caregiver Resources and Support

Men and women caregivers sitting around a table smiling into camera

Caregivers of Veterans get together at a VAPAHCS caregiver appreciation event.

By Andrea Ritz
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Caregivers play an essential role in supporting the well-being of loved ones at home and in the community. Caring for a loved one can be both a challenging and rewarding experience.

If you are a caregiver, it is important to remember that VA is here to support you. The Caregiver Support Program was initiated in 2011 at VA health care systems across the country to provide resources for Veteran caregivers.

“Caregivers of Veterans are unsung heroes,” said Lori Kott, Caregiver Support Coordinator for VA Palo Alto Health Care System. “We want to show them how much they are appreciated, provide them with resources, and show them that they are not alone.”

The VA Caregiver Support Line developed handouts that offer tips and strategies on a variety of self-care topics. If you would like to speak with a social worker from the Caregiver Support Line, please call us toll-free at (855)-260-3274, or visit the Caregiver website.

Monthly support groups are held to provide education, resources and networking with other caregivers to help cope with their loved one’s condition.

Approximately 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. provide an estimated 37 billion hours of care. More than half of the caregivers report they are employed while providing care to their loved one.

Those providing care to VA-enrolled Veterans can range from 20 to 90 years old and are often caring for a family member. Their hard work, along with the rest of America, makes it possible to save an estimated $470 billion that would normally be spent on care.

Appreciation events at VAPAHCS help to give these hard workers a break with some sites providing self-care education and speakers from the VA Chaplain Service. All of the events treat the caregivers to lunch and treats, while allowing them to meet other caregivers and VA staff.

Remember, you are not alone. We are here to support you and we look forward to hearing from you!

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