The VA Caregiver Support Line (CSL) offers free, monthly one-hour telephone education calls for caregivers. These group sessions focus on topics important to caregivers with a different topic presented each month. Caregivers learn about communication skills, building relationships and connections, self-care, and much more.
To register for monthly education calls, contact us at 1-855-260-3274.
Caregivers who are unable to attend the calls can access presentations online at www.caregiver.va.gov/support-line/presentations.asp.
Upcoming CSL Education Calls
Chronic illness can wear at the threads that hold a quality life together and can be a burden for the person who is ill and their loved ones. Improving the quality of life is the goal of palliative care. They specialize in managing the symptoms and the pain of these illnesses. These providers also support the family and those who care for the person who is ill, helping them all cope with the challenges they face. This group explores the role and benefits of receiving palliative care treatment.
October 2021- Finding Your Voice: Self-Advocacy in Medical Settings
Caregivers do a great job advocating for Veterans. At times, it may be challenging to focus attention to their own care needs which can result in a caregiver’s own health being compromised. We will look at some of the hurdles caregivers may face in getting their own needs met. Tips and ideas will be shared on how to discuss these needs with medical staff.
- October 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CT; 8:00 a.m. MT; 7:00 a.m. Pacific)
- October 13, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. CT; 5:00 p.m. MT; 4:00 p.m. Pacific)
- October 20, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 p.m. MT; 12:00 p.m. Pacific)
November 2021- Preserving Caregivers on the Front
The role of being a caregiver calls you to focus on the person who needs care instead of yourself. Your self-care can be neglected, regardless of if the Veteran for whom you provide care has nonstop or periodic care needs. It is this loss of attention to self that can place caregivers at risk. This group strives to bring the needed attention back to the caregiver. Self-care tools such as mindfulness are discussed. These tools are aimed at supporting the wellbeing of those caring for a Veteran.
- November 2, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CT; 8:00 a.m. MT; 7:00 a.m. Pacific)
- November 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. CT; 5:00 p.m. MT; 4:00 p.m. Pacific)
- November 17, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 p.m. MT; 12:00 p.m. Pacific)
December 2021- Beyond the Blues: Coping with Caregiver Depression
Are you a caregiver who is carrying the heavy weight of depression? Caregivers are at least two times more likely to suffer from depression than non-caregivers. Depression is an illness that if left unaddressed, can negatively impact your thoughts, feelings, and physical health. Self-care tools, strategies, and treatment options for managing depression will be discussed.
- December 7, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. CT; 8:00 a.m. MT; 7:00 a.m. Pacific)
- December 15, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. CT; 5:00 p.m. MT; 4:00 p.m. Pacific)
- December 22, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 p.m. MT; 12:00 p.m. Pacific)
Caregiver and Family Resource Fairs
Annual Caregiver Family and Resource Fairs are held at every VAMC. The purpose of resource fairs is to help caregivers connect with a variety of resources, programs, and services at one event. Resource fairs have information and representatives from VA programs, local area non-profits and community agencies to help caregivers learn about is available resources to support them. All caregivers and families are welcome to attend. Contact your local CSC/CSP team for more information about resource fairs using the locator tool: https://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/New_CSC_Page.asp.
Virtual Learning Experience
CSP virtual learning experience series to be posted in the future. Join CSP for a great opportunity to learn more about how we can support you as a caregiver.
Events for VA, Community Providers, & other Professionals - (Veteran Service Organizations, Community Agencies, Non-Profits)
Each VAMC hosts an annual CSP Caregiver Summit to better understand the needs of caregivers in the local community and identify both gaps and available resources. Caregiver Summits bring together VA, local area non-profits and community agency participants. Together, these entities collaborate, share information, and network, on behalf of caregivers. If you are a provider or other community entity who is interested in supporting caregivers, contact your local CSC/CSP team for more information about summits in your area by using the locator tool: https://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/New_CSC_Page.asp.
Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Team/Coordinator, at your local VA Medical Center.
VA CSL Expanded hours:
-Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love.
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