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Caregiver support

Minneapolis VA health care offers a number of services to support you and the Veteran you care for. Ask a caregiver support coordinator to help you find what you need, whether it's in-home help, someone to listen or anything in between.

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Caregiver Support Program

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Care we provide at Minneapolis VA

If you are a caregiver for a Veteran, you can get support by contacting a Minneapolis VA caregiver support coordinator. We can help with:

  • Getting caregiver assistance available through VA
  • Matching you with services and benefits 
  • Providing progressive needs planning to help you manage degenerative conditions
  • Helping assist you in your caregiving journey through support and educational offerings
  • Connecting you with local resources and programs


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Caregiver programs

Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS)

The Program of General Caregiver Support Services 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.

Caregivers who enroll in PGCSS have access to education and training, including courses at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Additionally, caregivers can participate in support services and take advantage of VA home and community based care.

Learn more about PGCSS and how to enroll

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is for eligible Veterans who have incurred, or aggravated a serious injury, in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975 or on or after September 11, 2001. This program provides many services to caregivers of eligible Veterans to include, but not limited to: resources, education, support, a financial stipend, mental health counseling, respite care, health insurance (if eligible) and certain beneficiary travel (if eligible).

Learn more about PCAFC and how to enroll

Review the PCAFC fact sheet

VA respite care

For eligible Veterans, respite care is a program that pays for care for a short time when a Veteran’s caregiver needs or wants a break from caregiving. It is provided on a short-term, pre-planned basis, not to exceed 30 days in a calendar year. The availability of each type of respite may vary due to each agency’s or program’s staffing and other factors.

If you have questions, or to inquire if respite care might be a service available for you, please contact the following:

  • If you have a VA Social Work Case Manager, please call them directly.
  • If you are enrolled in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), please call Molly Malchert at to learn more.
  • If neither of the above apply to you, please call primary care social work at .

Learn more about VA respite care

VA Caregiver Support Line

The Caregiver Support Line is available if you need support outside of the Minneapolis region, have questions about caregiver support services nationwide, or just need someone to listen right now.

Phone: 855-260-3274