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Caregiver Support

Mission statement:

To promote the health and well-being of family Caregivers who care for our nation's Veterans, through education, resources, support, and services.

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VA Portland Health Care System Caregiver Support Program Resources

The VA Portland Caregiver Support Program is available to Family Caregivers of Veterans of all eras with the following support services. For more information or to enroll, please call 503-273-5210.

Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274

The Caregiver Support Line is a toll free number for Caregivers, Veterans and/or Community Partners to call for supportive counseling, information, education, referral to community local resources and/or Caregiver Support Coordinators.

Caregiver Support Program Drop-In Support Group:  1st & 3rd Mondays of each month from 1-3 pm at VA Portland, Building 101, Room 109. Providing education and emotional support to Caregivers.

Gentle Yoga for Family Caregivers

2nd & 4th Mondays of each month from 1-2:15 (beginning June 8th) at VA Portland, Building 101, Room 109.

Free gentle yoga classes to improve and sustain well-being for Caregivers of all skill levels. Classes will focus on safe and gentle stretches to enhance overall mind/body balance.

Caregiver Wellness Café

The 4th Wednesday of the each month from 1-2 p.m. VA Portland Salem Clinic 1750 McGilchrist St. SE, Suite 130 Salem, Oregon, Room 1C-101-B.

Explore a variety of holistic self-care practices that support health and well-being. A self-care practice will be presented at each gathering. Education will be provided regarding the physical, mental, and emotional benefits, with an opportunity to practice and experience each new skill.

Supportive Counseling, Linkage to VA & Community Supports:

The VA Portland Caregiver Support Program staff is available to support Family Caregivers in their role and to link Caregivers to VA and community support services. In addition, the team supports Caregivers in improving their health and well-being through both practical coaching and emotional support. This support is available to Family Caregivers both by phone or in person, by appointment.

2016 Monthly Caregiver Support Line Education Calls:

Strategies to enhance resilience and restore balance. Facilitated by the VA Caregiver Support Line:

August 11, 19 & 26: "Maintaining Your Center of Gravity While Caring for a Loved One with Complex Medical Needs"

September 8, 16, & 23: "Safe Haven: Building on Family Strength"

Building Better Caregivers:

Building Better CaregiversTM (BBC) is a six-week online interactive workshop for Caregivers who are caring for someone with dementia, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, a serious brain injury, or any other serious injury or illness. BBC 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.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week series of 90 minutes in-person classes for Caregivers to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, enhance communication skills and ability to make tough decisions, as well as locate helpful resources. Classes are offered 2 times per year at VA Portland.

Peer Support Mentoring Program:

The National Peer Support Mentoring Program is a program that matches Caregivers with peer mentors, who can provide personalized support, guidance and friendship, experience and knowledge, and wisdom and skills about thriving as a Caregiver.

Easter Seals Self-Care Courses:

Easter Seals Self-Care Courses are 3-hour classes for Caregivers of Veterans of all eras, taught by Easter Seals licensed health care professionals. Each course will include lecture, small group discussion and time for personal planning.

REACH VA Program:

Caregivers of Veterans with dementia or memory loss are eligible to participate in interactive sessions with the Caregiver Support Program staff. The program is designed to enhance Veterans and Caregivers' health and well-being. This includes assistance with stress management, information on caregiving and dementia, community resources and coping strategies. This is offered either face-to-face or by telephone.

DVDs and Fact/Resource Sheets:

DVDs: "Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Caregivers", "Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for Caregivers" and "Understanding Pain Management for Caregivers". Taught by VA experts, who educate and answer real-life questions from Caregivers of Veterans.

Resource sheets for PTSD, TBI and Pain Management are also available.

 (page updated 2/29/16)
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

Amber Lynch, LMSW
503-273-5210

Leah Christensen, LCSW
503-273-5210

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Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274