Caregiver Support Program - Battle Creek VA Medical Center
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Battle Creek VA Medical Center

 

Caregiver Support Program

Female caregiver laughing with male Veteran in a wheelchair
What We Do

VA’s Caregiver Support Program was developed to support Caregivers of Veterans, our partners in ensuring the best care of Veterans. The Program provides a wide range of services to Caregivers of eligible Veterans of all eras.

Do you care for a Veteran who is disabled, chronically ill, aging, or is living with the effects of war? Do you …

  • Provide transportation?
  • Prepare meals?
  • Do household chores?
  • Help with medication management?
  • Manage appointments?
  • Help with bathing and dressing?
  • Transfer a person from bed to chair and back again?
  • Provide support and companionship?
  • Help pay bills and manage finances?
  • Make important decisions on behalf of the person you assist?

If you are a caregiver of a Veteran, we are here to support you. Our sole purpose is to help you, the wife or husband, mother or father, sister or brother, daughter or son, or loving friend who cares for someone. At least one member of the care dyad must be a Veteran.

Caring professionals are here to:

  • Tell you about the assistance available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Help you access services and benefits.
  • Connect you with local community caregiver resources.
  • Just listen if that is what you need.
Key Staff

Jo Weth, LMSW
Program Manager

Rebecca Campbell, LMSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator

Carol Gibbs, BSN, RN
Caregiver Support RN Coordinator

Tiffany Newson, LMSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator

James Lewis Whalen, LMSW
Caregiver Support Social Worker

To contact our office, please call 269-223-6517


For general program information:
VA Caregiver Support Program Website
VA Caregiver Support line: 1-855-260-3274

Service Information

What Does the VA Caregiver Support Program Do?

  • Enhance and improve the quality of care for Veterans
  • Promote seamless transitions within the continuum of care
  • Provide programs and services to support family caregivers
  • Increase awareness in the community regarding the unique needs of Veterans and VA benefits and programs
  • Educate VA on the needs and rights of caregivers
  • Make the VA aware of programs and services in the community
  • Strengthen VA and community relationships

Who is Eligible?

While not all Veterans are qualified for all of these programs and benefits, generally eligibility requires enrollment in VA health services and meeting medical criteria for specific programs.

Program and Benefits for General Caregivers

Current VA programs and benefits for Veterans of all eras and their caregivers include:

  • Caregiver education and training
  • Supportive counseling
  • Support groups
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide Services
  • Respite Care Services
  • Adult Day Health Care Services
  • Home Telehealth Services
  • Home Based Primary (Skilled) Care
  • Home Palliative and Hospice Care
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Prosthetic and Sensory Aides
  • Home Modifications
  • Specialized Transportation Assistance

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Family Caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our Nation’s Veterans by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they fought for. Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA care. Additional VA services are now available to those Family Caregivers who share VA’s daily charge to serve seriously injured post September 11, 2001 Veterans.

  • Veterans eligible for this program are those who sustained a serious injury including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001.
  • Veterans eligible for this program must also be in need of personal care services because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
  • Veterans eligible must be enrolled for VA health services.

Contact Info

Location

  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Benton Harbor, Lansing
    Wyoming CBOC, Muskegon

Contact Number(s)

  • 269-966-5600 Ext. 36517
  • 269-223-6517

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.