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WHATA support phone line for US Veterans and their caregivers providing help with caregiver benefits, online programs, referrals and support services and assistance.
WHYTo support the health and well-being of US Veterans and those who care for them.
WHEREThe Veterans Association (VA) USA.

Program Description

"Caregivers play an important role in suicide prevention. They may be the first to notice changes in the Veteran or may be the one that a Veteran turns to when having suicidal thoughts. It is important that caregivers have the tools they need to intervene. S.A.V.E. provides simple steps that anyone can take when talking with Veterans at risk for suicide."

The Veterans Association (VA) Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 can provide:

-Listening, caring, support from licensed professionals.
-Help accessing support services veterans may be eligible for.

Some of the Veterans Association caregiver support services include:

VA S.A.V.E. Training - training on what to do when a Veteran may be at risk for suicide.

Building Better Caregivers - program for caregivers of Veterans with dementia, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, a serious brain injury or any other serious injury or illness. The online six-week workshop helps caregivers for Veterans provide better care and how to manage their own well-being and health.

Annie Caregiver Text Program – caregivers can receive educational or motivational text messages of support to help manage stress.

One on One Coaching – caregivers connect with an assigned coach to help learn about stress management, problem solving, self-care, Veteran safety, behaviors, or problems.

CaregiversFIRST - group classes for caregivers of Veterans to help caregivers build self-care, psychological coping techniques, health system navigation, and hands-on clinical skills.

Peer Support Mentoring Program – allows caregivers of Veterans to meet other caregivers, form relationships, network and empower one another.

Caregiver and Family Resource Fairs
-  support from a gathering representatives from multiple agencies, organizations and non-profits.

Additional Veteran caregiver support and referrals may be made for the following services:

-Home Hospice Care .
-Respite Care.
-Home Telehealth.
-Skilled In-Home Care.
-Home-Based Primary Care .
-Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Centers.
-A Caregiver Support Coordinator.

The VA also provides a Caregiver Toolbox which covers topics such as:

Checklist for New Family Caregivers:
-50 Things Every Caregiver Should Know.
-Five Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout.
-Balancing Family Caregiving, Family and Work.
-Caring for Yourself.
-Rewards of Family Caregiving.

Diagnosis Care Sheets - Quick Reference Guides for caregiving for certain diagnosis such as Alzheimer's Disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Caregiver Tips and Checklists:
-Patient File Checklist.
-Tips for Communicating with Your Veteran's Health Care Team.
-Tips for Communicating with Your Veteran's Health Care Team.
-Preventing Medication Mishaps.
-Telephone Tips & Techniques for Accessing Resources.
-What to Do When The Veteran You Care For Is Hospitalized.
-Crisis Symptom Reporting Guide.

Medication List and Logs - Veterans can manage their medication lists and make the records readily available when needed.






Find out more about the Veterans Association (VA) Caregiver Support Program

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