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News State / Region VA taking applications for new caregiver program

On May 3, staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the interim final rule for implementing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post- 9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary family caregiver.

“I encourage family caregivers to apply for these new, enhanced services that provide support in the place most familiar to veterans, their homes,” said Ralph T. Gigliotti, FACHE, Durham VA Medical Center Director. “The new program builds on the foundation of caregiver support now provided at VA and reflects what families and clinicians have long known; that family caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of veterans under VA care.”

Additional services for primary family caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans and Servicemembers include a stipend, mental health services, and access to health care insurance, if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan. Comprehensive caregiver training and medical support are other key components of this program.

Veterans and their family caregivers can now apply for the new services as of May 9 at www.caregiver.va.gov. Christy Knight, Social Worker at the Durham VA Medical Center and Caregiver Support Coordinator, is also available to assist with the application process and direct veterans and their family caregivers to more than two dozen other programs offered by the VA to support family caregivers.

“It is important that caregivers are informed about what types of help may be available, in order to provide the best care for their loved ones,” said Christy Knight.

Assistance and information on additional resources are also available to Family Caregivers through VA’s toll-free National Caregiver Support Line, 1-855-260-3274. Veterans and Caregivers with questions about the new program can contact Knight at (919)286 -0411 extension 6068.


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