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 links below give 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 the VA Caregiver Support Line at (855) 260-3274. A Caregiver coordinator can tell you about benefits for you and your Veteran with MS.
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. This can have a profound emotional effect on the Caregiver. If you understand how MS affects your loved one emotionally it may help you as you cope with your own feelings and the stress and challenges in your role as a Caregiver. > Read the article
We have links to the major organizations that support MS and Caregivers / Care Partners. These organizations support research, education and provide a variety of services for people with MS and their loved ones.
Past Presentations from the MSCOE monthly Caregiver Support and Education Call