Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers/Partners
Often people do not identify themselves as a “caregiver.” Caregivers are daughters, wives, husbands, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners, and friends. Caregivers manage a wide range of responsibilities, playing an important role in caring for their loved one at home and in the community.
If you are unsure if you are a Veteran caregiver, ask yourself the following questions. Do you,
- Help your loved one make medical appointments?
- Drive your loved one to the doctor for appointments or the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions?
- Assist your loved one with getting dressed, taking a shower, or taking medication?
- Help your loved one get in and out of bed?
- Talk with doctors, nurses, social workers, and others to understand your loved one’s medical care or benefits?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are a caregiver and may be eligible for caregiver services at VA.
VA Caregiver Support
The VA’s Caregiver Support program provides resources, education, and support to caregivers of Veterans. The Veteran does not need to have a service-connected condition, for which the caregiver is needed, and may have served during any era. No formal application is required. Please work with your local Caregiver Support Coordinator or contact VA's Caregiver Support Line, 1-855-260-3274 (toll free 8 am to 8 pm ET), to learn more about their Program of General Caregiver Support Services.
Taking care of a loved one is an important and noble undertaking. It's also 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.