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.
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
Robin Meyer, LCSW 302-994-2511 ext. 4589
Cheryl Richardson, RN 302-994-2511 ext. 4837
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 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.
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.
Questions?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.
- Wilmington VA Medical Center
- 302-994-2511 Ext. 4764
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