National Family Caregiver Month - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


National Family Caregiver Month

Vivian Madrid, Kathy Langford, and Latisha Peacock at the Caregiver Resource Fair

The Providence VAMC "Caregiver Support Team": Vivian Madrid, Kathy Langford, and Latisha Peacock at the Caregiver Resource Fair on November 2

By Story by Kathy Langford and Kim DiDonato-Ferro; photo by Kim DiDonato-Ferro
Monday, November 7, 2011

The VA Caregiver Support Program at the Providence Medical Center hosted an event on November 2 in recognition of National Family Caregiver Month. 

Veterans, Caregivers, and employees received a wealth of resources from the 25 community agencies, 9 Veterans Service Organizations, and 9 Providence VAMC Service lines in attendance.  The VA Caregiver Support Program provides supportive services with a stipend and resource program for eligible Caregivers of our Post 911 Veterans and a resource and referral program for our All-Era Veterans. 

If you’re a caregiver for a Veteran, it’s important that you understand that there are two types of Caregiver Support programs—one is the General Caregiver Program, and the other is the Comprehensive Caregiver Program.  The General Caregiver Program is available to Veterans of all eras and their family caregivers and may include services such as Adult Day Health Centers, Home-Based Primary care, Skilled Home Care, Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program, Home Telehealth, Respite Care, Home Hospice Care, and Aid and Attendance.

The Comprehensive Caregiver Program—which began May 9, 2011—is an additional VA service available to those Family Caregivers who share VA’s daily charge to service those “who have borne the battle.”  It provides VA services to seriously-injured post-9/11 Veterans and their family caregivers.  Eligibility rules are as follows:

• Veterans eligible for this program are those who 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 eligible for this program must also 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 or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
• To be eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family caregivers, Veterans must first be enrolled for VA health services, if not enrolled previously.
• Veterans may download a copy of the caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10) at

The Caregiver Support Coordinator at the PVAMC is Kathy Langford, LICSW, CCM, and you can reach her at 401-273-7100, ext. 3283.  Kathy extends a warm thank you to all the participants who took time out of their busy day to provide information on  both VA and non-VA services.  In particular, she would like to acknowledge the efforts and support of Latisha Peacock of Social Work and GEC and Vivian Madrid, MSW Intern from RIC, who helped mke the event a huge success!

Please click here to read President Obama's proclamation in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month.


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