Caregivers play a significant role in strengthening the health and wellness of disabled veterans. It can be a very difficult job. Fortunately, there are a substantial number of resources available for those who find themselves in the position of caregiver.
The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PFAFC) provides services to eligible Veterans for their:
- Health and well-being
- Everyday personal needs (like feeding, bathing, and dressing)
- Safety, protection, or instruction in their daily living environment
Through this program, veterans can appoint one “Primary Family Caregiver” and up to two other “Secondary Family Caregivers.” Those who are designated as caregivers qualify for training and mental health counseling and may also be eligible for monthly stipends, and access to health care benefits through the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA). To be eligible for this program the caregiver must either be a family member or someone who lives full-time with the veteran. The veteran must also have a VA disability rating of 70% or greater.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout West Virginia provide caregiver services, including support groups. During monthly sessions, caregivers are briefed on resources available to them, as well as tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and ways to reduce stress. Follow these links for more information on the Caregivers Support Groups.
- Beckley VAMC: https://www.beckley.va.gov/services/caregiver/index.asp
- Hershel “Woody” Williams VAMC: https://www.huntington.va.gov/services/caregiver/index.asp
- Louis A. Johnson VAMC: https://www.clarksburg.va.gov/services/caregiver/index.asp
- Martinsburg VAMC: https://www.martinsburg.va.gov/services/caregiver/index.asp
Additionally, the Central West Virginia Aging Services has a program that provides in-home services to veterans. One of the state’s four VA Medical Center’s will authorize a set number of hours per week of care that can be provided by the agency.
To get in touch with the Central West Virginia Aging Services for in-home assistance, call toll-free 1-800-296-0069.