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Family Caregivers/Partners - Taking Care of You!

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Family caregivers and Care Partners are very important to our Veterans with MS. Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your loved one with MS. If you aren’t healthy, it's harder to provide good care.

The website link VA Respite Care gives tips on well deserved respite time (taking a break!). All Veterans and Caregivers are eligible for 30 days of respite time per year.

If you need to talk to someone about caregiving, call VA Caregiver Support Line at (855) 260-3274 or go to VA Caregiver Support Website. A Caregiver coordinator can tell you about benefits for you and your Veteran with MS.

The VA Caregiver Support Website also has a VA MS Fact Sheet for Family Caregivers and a VA Caregiver Workbook to help you with caregiver related issues.

My HealtheVet has information on caregiving: VA MyHealtheVet - Caregiving Information

 More Website Caregiver Resources

New Federal Resource Guide for Caregivers    Click here to view the guide

Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers - News and Articles

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Emotional Changes in the Veteran with MS: Tips for the MS Caregiver

By Margaret Kazmierski, MSW, LCSW-C, MSCS and Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW

Many people diagnosed with MS say that the emotional changes are some of the most challenging symptoms to cope with.  > Read the article

Caregiver Wellness by Susan K. Johnson, RN, BSN, Portland, OR  > Read the article

MSCOE Caregiver Research and Professional Presentations

Presentation at Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Summit Check it out! Reaching out to Caregivers

Interested in what research says about MS Caregivers? Check out our MSCOE studies involving VA MS Caregivers!

Check out our MSCOE Social Worker presentations at international and national Conferences about MS Caregivers!



Monthly MS Caregiver Calls
Join us! Families & Caregivers of Veterans with MS
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code: 43157#
4th Monday each month
(No call in May or Dec)
11am (PST)
12pm (MT)
1pm (CT)
2pm (ET)

June 27, 2016  
11am PT/2pm ET
: Everyday Matters-NMSS
National MS Society
Greater DC-Maryland Chapter

1/25: Mindfulness Stress Reduction
2/22: Cognition & MS
3/28: Caregiver Stress 
4/25: MS Physical Therapy
5/23: No Call
6/27: Everyday Matters-NMSS
7/25: TBD
8/22: Driving with MS
9/26: MS Meds (DMTs)
10/24: Caregiver Health
11/28: TBD
12/26: No Call
past presentations


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Maggie Kazmierski

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Alicia Sloan

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Jan Spencer