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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

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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. 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

MSCOE Caregiver Research and Professional Presentations

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!

 

 

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June 22, 2015  
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: Emergency Preparedness
Maryannn Hibbs, RN, BSN, MSCN
  BSBA, MSPL
Pittsburgh VAMC

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2015
Jan 26    Mood
Feb 23    Various
Mar 23    Mood
Apr 27     Pain
June 22  Disaster
July 27    TBD
Aug 24    Driving
Sep 28    Diet
Oct 26     TBD
Nov 23    Risk
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Description: Maggie Kazmierski
Maggie Kazmierski
MSW, LCSW-C, MSCS

Description: Alicia Sloan
Alicia Sloan
MPH, MSW, LICSW


Description: Jan Spencer
Jan Spencer
MSW, LCSW