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VA Announces $4.7 Million to Help Caregivers
Date:12/6/2007

Department Enhancing Education, Training and Resources

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it will provide nearly $4.7 million for "caregiver assistance pilot programs" to expand and improve health care education and provide needed training and resources for caregivers who assist disabled and aging veterans in their homes.

"This funding will enhance support and training for the family members and other caregivers who sacrifice to care for disabled and aging veterans," said Acting VA Secretary Gordon H. Mansfield. "At VA, we're committed to looking after caregivers who dedicate their own time and well-being to take care of loved ones who are veterans."

The pilot programs will support eight caregiver projects across the country. In addition, VA provides support and assistance through a variety of programs such as care management, social work service, care coordination, geriatrics and extended care, and through its nationwide volunteer programs.

Among the key services provided to caregivers are transportation, respite care, case management and service coordination, assistance with personal care (bathing and grooming), social and emotional support, and home safety evaluations.

Education programs teach caregivers how to obtain community resources such as legal assistance, financial support, housing assistance, home delivered meals and spiritual support. In addition, caregivers are taught skills such as time management techniques, medication management, communication skills with the medical staff and the veteran, and ways to take better care of themselves.

Many of the projects use technology, including computers, Web-based training, video conferencing and teleconferencing to support the needs of caregivers who often cannot leave their homes to participate in support activities.

The VA pilot programs announced today include:

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