VA Caregiver Support
Program of General Caregiver Support Services
Programs for Caregivers
As a Caregiver, the very best thing you can do for those who depend on you is to take care of yourself. VA offers a number of general support services to support Family Caregivers.
- VA Caregiver Support Line
- Peer Support Mentoring Program
- Building Better Caregivers (free online workshop)
- Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
- REACH VA (work with a trained and certified REACH VA Program Coach)
Help is just a phone call away with VA's Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274. Caring licensed professionals staffing the support line can connect you with VA services, a Caregiver Support Coordinator at your nearest VA medical center, or just listen if that’s what you need right now.
Caregivers can participate in monthly telephone education groups, where they can discuss self-care tips and ask questions on a variety of topics. Want to learn more about the monthly calls? Access audio recordings of Caregiver Support Line (CSL) monthly presentations. Review CSL handouts.
Caregivers of Veterans are eligible to participate in the VA Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program, both as Mentors and as Mentees. Mentors and Mentees communicate using email, telephone, and letter writing depending on what works best for both of them. Mentors receive training before being paired with another Caregiver and are volunteers with their local VA medical center Voluntary Services Department. Caregivers participating in the Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program agree to participate for 6 months, but many participate for much longer.
Not sure if you are ready for this, but would like to try it out? VA also offers a one-time connection through the Compassionate Connections Program for those Caregivers who many need some brief support from an experienced Mentor but are not ready or able to commit to a longer-term mentoring relationship. To learn more, please contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator
Build the skill and confidence to care for your Veteran at home with the free, online workshop, Building Better Caregivers™. The program has been recognized for its ability to reduce caregiver stress and depression, and increase caregiver overall well-being.
The program for Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers provides approved caregivers services such as a monthly stipend, travel expenses, health insurance, mental health services, and respite care.
Mentoring in the challenging areas of caregiving, stress management, mood management, and problem-solving is available through REACH VA . The program is available for Caregivers of Veterans diagnosed with: ALS, Dementia, MS, PTSD, or Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder.
Visit Tips & Tools for additional information on managing medicines, talking with your provider, caring for oneself, staying organized, and moving around safely.
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.
Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center.