Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers/Partners
Caregivers and Care Partners are very important to our Veterans with MS! It's important to take care of yourself as you care for your loved one with MS. If you aren’t healthy, it's harder to provide good care.
VA Caregiver Support Resources
The VA Caregiver Support website has a wealth of resources for you, including self-care and caring for your Veteran. Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274.
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a great resource that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them.
VA and PsychArmor Institute are offering a FREE course about Understanding the VA for Caregivers.
The VA Office of Rural Health has a great website with resources for Veterans and a Caregivers Video Series.
VA Geriatrics and Extended Care has worksheets and handouts for Caregivers and Veterans on shared decision-making, well-being and advance care planning, home and community based services, residential settings, and nursing homes.
- Respite Care - Veterans and Caregivers may be eligible for 30 days of respite care per year.
- Home and Community Based Services
- Homemakers and Home Health Aides
- Advanced Care Planning
- Your Guide to Long Term Care Services and Supports
VA Coaching Into Care is a VA national telephone service family members and friends can call for support and resources for a Veteran. Call: 1-888-823-7458.
National MS Society
The National MS Society is our community partner, and has resources to assist people with MS and their Caregivers/Care Partners. Contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867 for help finding care partner resources in your community.
REACH VA - MS
Caregiver Resources and Presentations
- MS: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Caregivers (American Academy of Neurology)
- AARP Family Caregiving
- Caregiver Action Network
- Today's Caregiver
- Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving
- Caring Today
- National Caregiving Foundation
- Share the Care
- Well Spouse Association
- Choosing Your Words: Harnessing the Power of Communication
- Setting Boundaries: Defining What is Best for You, the Caregiver
Depression and MS
Emotions and MS
Goal-Setting and Problem-Solving
- Making my Goals Matter: Looking Forward to the Year Ahead
- Exploring Problem Solving Skills for Caregivers
Happiness and Quality of Life
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Military/National Guard and Reserve/Veterans
- Elizabeth Dole Foundation: Caring for Military Families
- Psychological Health Center of Excellence: Military Family Support
- Psychological Health Center of Excellence: Real Warriors Campaign
- MS Foundation - Homecare Assistance Grant Program
- MS Association of America
- National MS Society - A Guide for Caregivers
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Self Care when Caring for Loved One with Mental Health Concerns
- Caregiver Self Care: Embracing the Magic in the Moment
- Creating a Space for You: Caring for a Loved One at Home
- Preserving Caregivers on the Front Lines
- Stepping into Stillness: Maintaining Your Center of Gravity When Caring for a Veteran Loved One
- National MS Society: Living Well with MS
- VA Rural Health: Guided Imagery (scroll down to “Visualization of Relaxation Techniques” video)
- Relaxation Exercises
- YouTube: Yoga (gentle)
- YouTube: Tai Chi (gentle)
Veteran Service Organizations
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