Here’s how you know if you are in a caregiver role. Do you assist a Veteran who needs help to: Quote from this reference link…
• Make medical appointments or drive to the doctor?
• Drive to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions?
• Get dressed, take a shower, or take medication?
• Get in and out of bed?
• Complete physical therapy or give injections?
• Feed self, with feeding tubes or complete similar procedures at home?
• Talk with doctors, nurses, social workers, and others to understand about their medical care or benefits?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are a caregiver and may be eligible for caregiver services at VA.
VA Caregiver Support Home
Without my caregiver I would not be here, period!
Hug your caregiver everyday and often. Tell this most important person in your life how much you appreciate them. It’s hard when you’re in serious physical and emotional pain to stop for a moment when possible to say I love you… I see the stress and tears from my loving wife when the going gets tough. We try to work as a team to focus on empathy and compassion for each other. Judy puts her hand on her heart and gives me that beautiful smile that heals my soul. Love wins over the demons everytime. A new day is born with hope. The triggers then stay at a safe distance.
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate