United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

VA to Take Applications for New Caregiver Program beginning May 9
May 5, 2011

VA to Take Applications for New Caregiver Program

New Program enhances VA services for Family Caregivers

Staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 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.

“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,” said Falguni Bhatt, LCSW-R, Caregiver Support Coordinator, New York Harbor Healthcare System.

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 apply for the new services starting May 9 at www.caregiver.va.gov. The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Caregiver Support Coordinator and the Eligibility Office are also available to assist with the application process and direct Veterans and their Family Caregivers to more than two dozen other programs VA offers Family Caregivers for support. Ms. Bhatt can be reached at (212) 686-7500, extension 4744.

Assistance and information on additional resources are also available to Family Caregivers through VA’s National Caregiver Support Line, 1-877-222-VETS (8387). Veterans and Caregivers with questions about the new program can contact.

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