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VA Caregiver Support - Helping Those Who Help Our Veterans

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If you are a caregiver for a Veteran, it's important that you understand that there are two types of Caregiver Support programs--General Caregiver Program and Comprehensive Caregiver Program

By Article by Kathleen Langford, LICSW, CCM
Friday, September 16, 2011

Did you know that Caregivers of Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 may apply for a new caregiver stipend program?

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 www.caregiver.va.gov

Caregiver Support Coordinators are now stationed at every VA Medical Center in the country. The Caregiver Support Coordinator for the Providence VA Medical Center is Kathleen Langford, LICSW, CCM.  As of August, Kathy has received over 50 inquiries on the Comprehensive Caregiver Program, resulting in 5 completed stipend program applications by caregivers of Post 9/11 Veterans.  To date, Providence has had 4 stipends awarded.

For more information about VA Caregiver Support, please visit www.caregiver.va.gov. You may also contact Kathleen Langford at 1-401-273-7100, ext. 3283, or call the national Caregiver Support Line toll-free at 1-855-260-3274.

To learn more about our Social Work Services as well as other community resources available, please click here.

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