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Peer Support Mentoring Program



The Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program is available for general and family caregivers of all Veterans. The program was developed to strengthen relationships between caregivers, to provide an opportunity for networking and to empower caregivers to help one another.

Peer Support Mentoring Fact Sheets:

Peer Support Mentoring Program – Spirituality Calls  

The VA Peer Support Mentoring (PSM) Program and the National Chaplain Office will be hosting a 12-month series addressing spiritualty and caregiving. These calls are open to caregivers of Veterans enrolled in the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) or the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC).

Calls will be held on the first Friday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST., and will be hosted on WebEx using the dial-in information below. There is NO registration required.  Meeting Call in number: USA Toll-free Number 1-833-558-0712. Meeting number (access code): 2762 030 9378

Topics

  • October 2021 - Spirituality and Self Care
  • November 2021 -Remembrance Call
  • December 2021 - Spirituality and Holiday Stressors
  • January 2022 - Spirituality and Renew and Recharge
  • February 2022 - Spirituality and Lifestyle Change
  • March 2022 - Spirituality: Finding Meaning and Purpose
  • April 2022 - Spirituality and PTSD
  • May 2022 - Spirituality and Respite
  • June 2022 - Spirituality and Summer Safety Tips
  • July 2022- To be announced
  • August 2022 - Spirituality and Grief
  • September 2022 - Spirituality and Self Reflection

Telephone Support Group Calls - Peer Support Mentoring Program

Listen to a caregiver share their journey. Be inspired and reassured that you are not alone! Open discussion to follow. This is open to Family/General Caregivers of Veterans of all eras.

Toll-free Number for ALL calls 1-833-558-0712 USA - use the meeting number (access code) for EACH call

  • December 8 -Caregiver Point of View – What is it to be a Caregiver?
    Meeting number (access code): 199 278 4935

 Telephone Support Group Calls - Flyer English 
 Llamadas de grupo de soporte telefónico - Flyer Spanish 

Informal and Informative Peer Support Mentoring (PSM) Telephone Group Calls for - Spanish Speaking Caregivers

Listen to a caregiver share their journey. Be inspired and reassured that you are not alone! Open discussion to follow. These calls are open to caregivers of Veterans enrolled in the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) or the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC).

Upcoming Peer Support Mentoring (PSM) Program Calls for Spanish Speaking Caregivers

  • December 8, 2021 -Caregiver Point of View – What is it to be a Caregiver?

 Telephone Support Group Calls - Flyer English 

Your local CSC/CSP team can assist you with finding more information about available informal and informative telephone group calls within PSM.

Programa de Tutoría de Apoyo de Pares-Llamadas grupales telefónicas informales e informativas del Programa de Mentoría entre Compañeros del Programa de Apoyo al Cuidador en Español

Escuche a un cuidador compartir su viaje. ¡Inspírese y asegúrese de que no está solo/a! Una discusión abierta seguirá. Eastas llamadas están abiertas a los cuidadores de veteranos. Matricularse en el Programa General de Servicios de Apoyo Para Cuidadores (Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS)) o el Programa de Asistencia Completa para Cuidadores Familiares, (Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)).

Proxima Programa de Mentoría entre Compañeros del Programa de Apoyo al Cuidador en Español

  • 8,de Diciembre de 2021, Punto de vista del cuidador - ¿Qué es ser un cuidador?

 Llamadas de grupo de soporte telefónico - Flyer Spanish  

Why Become a Peer Mentor?

Mentoring creates a trusting and helpful relationship between two people. Peer Mentors provide personal support to their Mentees, assist with the navigation of daily stressors and serve as role models for individuals who need help.

Benefits of Serving as a Peer Mentor
  • Sharing tips about caregiving that you have learned through your own experience
  • sharing your experience and knowledge of resources such as VA benefits, the VA healthcare team and community agencies that can provide needed assistance
  • Providing an outlet for socializing and networking
  • Helping caregivers build life skills to deal with adversity in the future

Why Work with a Peer Mentor?

Because there are many challenges to being a caregiver, it can be helpful for you to talk with someone who has “been there” and understands the pressures that come with being a caregiver.

Benefits of Having a Peer Mentor
  • Creating an outlet for socializing and networking
  • Learning from the experience and support of those who understand the challenges caregivers face
  • Receiving support from someone who has “been there”

Eligibility Criteria/Becoming a Peer Mentor

  • Caregivers of Veterans of all eras are eligible to participate in the VA Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program, both as Mentors and as Mentees.
  • The first step is to register as a Volunteer and receive orientation in the Voluntary Services Program at your VA Medical Center (VAMC).
  • The second is completing the orientation to the Peer Support Mentoring Program.
  • The last step is being matched with another caregiver.
  • Mentors will be required to participate in training before being assigned to a Mentee.
  • Background and fingerprint checks are required for Mentors through the local VA medical center Voluntary Services Department.

How Can I Be Connected to the Peer Support Mentoring Program?

2 women talking in officeYour local Caregiver Support Coordinator can assist you with a referral. Caregiver Support Coordinators serve to assist Veterans and caregivers access VA services and benefits as well as local community resources. 

Support

Listen to a caregiver share their journey, be inspired and reassured that you are not alone!

Caregiver Support Line - Monthly Presentations

Sign up for monthly telephone-based group sessions. These presentations provide self-care tips on a range of topics and allow time for comments and questions. Access audio recordings, and transcripts of Caregiver Support Line (CSL) Monthly Presentations

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

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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