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.
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
Caregiver Wellness by Susan K. Johnson, RN, BSN, Portland, OR > Read the article
Interested in what research says about MS Caregivers? Check out our MSCOE studies involving VA MS Caregivers!