Geriatrics and Extended Care
Who Cares for the Caregivers? VA – That’s Who
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. The Caregiver Support Program offers training, educational resources, and many tools to help caregivers succeed. Please contact the Caregiver Support Line for advice on being a caregiver or visit www.caregiver.va.gov.
- Caregiver Support Line – Call 855-260-3274 (toll-free) to talk with a trained and licensed staff member who can just listen or connect you with local support, such as the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your VA medical center.
- Peer Support Mentoring – Caregivers of Veterans of all eras may participate in peer support mentoring, both as mentors and as mentees usually for 6 months. Mentors and Mentees communicate using email, telephone, and letter writing depending on what works best for both. If they are not able to commit to 6 months, one-time support is available through the Compassionate Connections Program.
- Monthly phone education groups where caregivers can ask questions and get self-care tips.
- Free online workshop, Building Better Caregivers, that helps build the skill and confidence to care for a Veteran at home – the program has been recognized for its ability to reduce caregiver stress and depression, and increase caregiver overall well-being.