VA Portland Health Care System
To promote the health and well-being of family Caregivers who care for our nation's Veterans, through education, resources, support, and services.
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.
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.
Healing Touch Drop In Clinic
Mondays from 12-4 at VA Portland, Building 104 – Specialty Clinic. An offering from NW Pain Clinic in Partnership with Caregiver Support Program and Integrative Health and Wellness. Healing Touch is non-invasive, utilizes gentle touch to assist in balancing your mind and body. Potential benefits: reducing stress, decreasing pain, strengthening the immunity system, creating a sense of well-being, and promoting a better night’s sleep.
Caregiver Support Line Monthly Calls:
The Caregiver Support Line offers monthly telephone education groups, where caregivers can discuss self-care tips and ask questions on a variety of topics.
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.
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.
Self-Care Courses are 3-hour classes for Caregivers of Veterans of all eras, taught by licensed health care professionals. Each course will include lecture, small group discussion and time for personal planning.
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 6/19/18)
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.
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.
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.