National Family Caregivers Month
November is National Family Caregivers Month
VA honors the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured, or disabled Veterans during National Family Caregivers Month and throughout the year.
This year’s theme, encourages caregivers to seek help, get trained, and discover self-care options, so they can continue to provide their Veterans with exceptional care. Throughout the month, VA challenges you to explore resources available through VA before you need them.
You are not alone. Whether you feel overwhelmed, isolated, or lost, we can help you. A great place to start for help is our Caregiver Support Line—1-855-260-3274. The support line is staffed by trained professionals that will ask how you are doing first and then recommend local resources to address your specific needs. Call today and provide as much information as you are comfortable with.
The demands of caregiving can be large. To increase your success, break the larger responsibilities into smaller tasks and get trained.
- We have developed several training courses with various partners, including AARP, Home Alone Alliance, and PsychArmor, Check out our training options.
- Join us for “Monday Meditations” every Monday at 12p and 7p EST as the Caregiver Support Line hosts 15 minute relaxation exercises. This is a great first step to taking the time that you deserve. To participate, dial 1-800-767-1750 and enter in the access code, 00149 when prompted. Make it a date for each Monday during the month of November at 12p or 7p EST.
The responsibilities and challenges of caring for a loved one can place significant stress on you as a caregiver. This stress can impact you physically, mentally and emotionally. It can also lead to serious health problems over time. Paying closer attention to your feelings and health with regular self-care can strengthen your caregiving relationship and help you to find moments of restoration, all the while, making you an overall better caregiver. Take this self-care assessment to learn how stress is affecting you and refer to our other resources for ideas and activities to manage stress
Financial stress can also affect your relationship with your Veteran and interfere with your ability to provide care. Watch this video series on managing your finances to limit financial stress.