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Caregiver Support Program - Two Programs: What’s the Difference?

The Caregiver Support Program is comprised of 2 separate programs;

  • Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) 
  • Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

What is the Program of General Caregiver Support Services? (PGCSS)

PGCSS is the core of VA’s Caregiver Support  Program (CSP). The program provides peer  support mentoring, skills training, coaching,  telephone support, online programs, and referrals to available resources to caregivers of Veterans. The Veteran must be enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and be receiving assistance from a caregiver  in order for the caregiver to participate.

To enroll, please reach out to the facility Caregiver Support Team or request a referral from the  Veteran’s provider

Learn more about PGCSS

What is the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers? (PCAFC)

PCAFC offers enhanced clinical support and services for caregivers of eligible Veterans who have a serious injury (or illness) and require in-person personal care services among other requirements. 

Learn more about PCAFC

Why is this important to you? 

CSP provides services to caregivers of Veterans of all eras enrolled in VA health care. 

Two Programs: What’s the Difference?

Type of Support PGCSS PCAFC
Caregiver Support Team    √
Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH) VA  √
Caregiver Support Line  √  √
Caregiver Health & Wellbeing Coaching  √  √
Building Better Caregivers  √  √
Supportive Services  √   √
Caregivers FIRST Skills Training  √  √
Peer Support Mentoring  √  √
Respite Care  √  √
Annie Caregiver Text  √  √
Self-care/Resilience courses  √  √
Connection to VA/Community Resources  √  √
Caregiver & Family Resource Fairs  √  √
VA S.A.V.E. Training  √  √
Mental Health Counseling (as applicable)  √  √
CHAMPVA (if uninsured)    √
Monthly Stipend    √
Beneficiary Travel (as applicable)    √

Need Help?

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

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