Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
Caregivers/Partners - Taking Care of You!
Depression and Suicide Risk in MS: How Caregivers Can Help!
Highlights of July 25, 2016, MSCOE Caregiver Support and Education Conference Call:
Depression and Suicide Risk in MS: How Caregivers Can Help! by Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW, from VA Puget Sound Health Care System and MS Center of Excellence - West. Alicia discusses the latest in how caregivers can identify depression and suicide risk in their Veteran with MS and themselves. Peer interventions, prevention, and resources will be discussed.
If you or your loved one is feeling in crisis or suicidal, call Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 press 1
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.
Need a break? 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.
Do 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.
VA MS Fact Sheet for Family Caregivers of Veterans with MS.
VA Caregiver Workbook to help you with caregiver related issues.
More Caregiver Resources
- Department of Defense (DOD) - Caregiver Resources
- Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) - Caregivers
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Family
- MS International Federation (MSIF) - Relationships
- MS Association of America (MSAA) - Family
- MS Foundation - Familes & Caregivers
- Other Caregiver Websites
New Federal Resource Guide for Caregivers Click here to view the guide
Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers - News and Articles
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!