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Caregiver Support


 
 

VA Caregiver Support

Caregiver Services

VA offers a variety of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we're here to support you. Follow the link to learn more about the variety of services available to Family Caregivers.


VA Building Better Caregivers: Web-based Support Group:

This six-week workshop helps Caregivers in two key ways: it offers training in how to provide better care, and it also helps Caregivers learn how to manage their own emotions, stress and physical health. Topics covered include: managing your stress, communicating more effectively, taking care of your own health, managing difficult emotions, managing difficult behaviors, and getting support from other Caregivers while sharing your experience. Caregivers are asked to log on at least 2-3 times per week. A new session will be posted each week, and you will be able to participate with 20-25 Caregivers.

VA Building Better Caregivers

If you are interested in participating in the above program or have any questions please call Ron Norman, LICSW, at 774-826-3394 OR Ed Fleming, LICSW at 617-248-1159 OR Katie Paquin, LICSW 857 364 5841.

VA Peer Support Mentor Program

This program provides an opportunity for Caregivers to receive guidance and to share their experience, wisdom, skills and passion with other Caregivers.  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.

You can serve as a MENTOR or a MENTEE.  Caregivers are asked to connect with each other at least 2 times per month.

Support Mentor Program 

If you are interested in participating in the above program or have any questions please call Ron Norman, LICSW, at 774-826-3394.

VA Caregiver Support Line Monthly Educational Calls:

A telephone educational group focused on strategies to enhance resilience and restore balance. These calls last an hour and are available twice a month. If you are interested in participating in the above program or have any questions please call Ron Norman, LICSW, at 774-826-3394 OR Ed Fleming, LICSW at 617-248-1159 OR Katie Paquin, LICSW 857 364 5841.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES:

Family-to-Family Program: This program is facilitated by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. The Family-to-Family Program is a 12-week course for family Caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness.  If you would like to register for this course, please go follow the attached link: https://namimass.org/programs/nami-family-to-family

JF&CS Memory Café is a welcoming place for individuals & families living with memory changes.  Enjoy coffee, and refreshments, and conversation with new friends, including college students.  Meet guest artists who will lead music, art, or poetry activities. No experience necessary!  The Memory Café meets.   For more information, please call 781 647 5327 or visit their webpage at https://www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Older-Adults/Alzheimers-Related-Disorders-Family-Support/Directory-of-Memory-Caf%C3%A9s-in-Greater-Boston

Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the services and to see if you are currently eligible. 

Questions?

Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA's Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.


 

 

 

Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274

Caregiver Services

VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we're here to support you. Follow the link to learn more about the variety of services available to Family Caregivers.

Caring for Seriously Injured Post-9/11 Veterans

Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the services and to see if you are currently eligible.

Find your Caregiver Support Coordinator

Questions?

Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA's Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.

Contact

Katie Paquin, LICSW
Caregiver Spt. Coor.
Brockton
857-364-5841

Ron Norman, LICSW
Caregiver Spt. Coor.
Jamaica Plain, Lowell
774-826-3394

Ed Fleming, LICSW
Caregiver Spt. Coor.
Causeway, Jamaica Plain
774-274-0026

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Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274