Care Giver Support Program - Wilmington VA Medical Center
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Wilmington VA Medical Center


Care Giver Support Program


VA and Caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers assistance to caregivers. Caregivers provide a valuable service for Veterans and are "partners" with VA in providing excellent health care. Caregivers allow Veterans to remain in their own home and also play an important role in supporting Veterans who are hospitalized or living outside their home.

What is a Caregiver and Are You One?

Caregivers assist those who are chronically ill, disabled, or are getting older and are no longer able to care for themselves. Caregiving includes helping with personal needs or household chores, as well as managing a person's finances, arranging for outside services, or visiting regularly to see how the individual is doing. Caregivers are generally unpaid family members or friends (though they may be paid professionals) who provide care to their loved one. You do not need to live with a person to be considered a caregiver and many people who serve as a caregiver do not recognize themselves as such – you may simply think you’re "helping out."

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you are a caregiver.

  • Do you feel responsible for providing support to a loved one?
  • Do you help out a loved one around the home, with cooking or cleaning, even if only on an occasional basis?
  • Do you take your loved one to run errands and/or escort them to medical appointments?
  • Would your loved one call you in an emergency and expect your prompt assistance?
  • Do you provide support or assistance to a loved one living in long-term care, assisted living, or a residential facility?

Without assistance, caregivers may experience stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, financial challenges, or neglect their personal health. VA is here to help you balance your life and achieve greater personal satisfaction with your role as a caregiver. This website will help you find out more about the assistance VA offers to Caregivers.

John Austin, LCSW 302-994-2511 ext. 4764
Caregiver Support Coordinator, Program of General Caregiver Support Services

Robin Meyer, LCSW 302-994-2511 ext.  4589
Caregiver Support Coordinator, Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Cheryl Richardson, RN 302-994-2511 ext. 4837
Caregiver Support Coordinator, Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers


Wilmington VA Medical Center

1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805
Phone: 302-994-2511 Or 800-461-8262

Caregivers at a Glance*

  • 54 Million adults in the US provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend
  • Over two-thirds are women
  • 45% are age 18-49
  • 40% are age 50-64
  • More than half are married
  • Approximately three-fourths have worked while caregiving
  • Over 40% say they did not have a choice in taking on the caregiver role
  • A majority assist their loved one with at least one activity of daily living (usually helping the person in and out or bed and chairs)
  • Over 50% experience medium to high levels of stress as a result of the demands of their role as a caregiver
  • One-quarter say they have a difficult time coordinating care with health care professionals or service providers

*National Alliance for Caregiving and American Association of Retired Persons Survey - 2009

VA Caregiver Support Home


Caregiver Services

VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we're here to support you. Follow the link to learn more about the variety of services available to Family Caregivers.


Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the services and to see if you are currently eligible.



Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA's Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.

Contact Info


  • Wilmington VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 302-994-2511 Ext. 4764

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m.
    4:30 p.m.