| Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Caregiver Resources to Help You Help Your Veteran

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

caregiver supportDid you know that families provide 80 percent of the long-term, caregiver care in the U.S.?

Taking on the role of caregiver to a loved one who is also a disabled veteran can be a tough job. If you’re a caregiver, you need to take good care of your loved one. You also need to take good care of yourself. You’ll require all types of resources — from specialized adult day care and home care services to respite care and support groups for both you and your loved one.

Locating caregiver and veteran resources can sometimes be difficult. Below is a list of resources to help get you started.

Caregiver Action Network: Find caregiver information, peer support and other resources.

Paying for Respite Care: Get information about resources to help pay for respite care.

VA Caregiver Support: Get information and counseling from licensed social workers. Or call the National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274.

Family Caregiver Alliance: Supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

Alz.org: Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH). Find a resource in your community.

VA Health Care Benefits line: 1-877-222-8387.

For more information on Veteran’s benefits, visit VA.gov or call the national VA information number at 1-800-827-1000. TTY users should call 1-800-829-4833. For more information on Medicare benefits, visit Medicare.gov or call your local Social Security office.

If you still can’t find the help you need, contact a hospital or rehab treatment facility near your home or the home of your loved one. They may be able to help you find additional resources in the community.

You may also be interested in Military Caregivers: Cornerstones of Support for Our Nation’s Wounded, Ill and Injured Veterans

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

VA launches 25 Cities Initiative to end Veteran homelessness: Department of Veterans Affairs

How Do TRICARE® and Medicare Work Together?: Medicare Made Clear

Medicare & You: Get the official U.S. government Medicare handbook.

 

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