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VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes After Review

Jul 31, 2017 by Comfort Keepers Denver

On July 28th, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it was resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. In a directive titled “Caregiver Support Program” issued June 14th the VA updated its previously established policies for the Caregiver Support Program.

The VA’s three-month review identified the need for the following three primary improvements:

  1. A need for better communication about clinical revocations
  2. Improved internal processes and procedures
  3. Additional staff training

In the directive, the VA also articulated that is its policy that each VA medical facility establish a local Caregiver Support Program to administer both the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and the General Caregiver Support Services Program.

In the 22 page directive the VA noted that eligible individuals now include those with “….a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder) incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service on or after September 11, 2001.”

Other eligibility requirements still apply for access to this program including the established, documented need of continuous personal care services from a caregiver for a minimum of six months.

Personal Care Services

Personal care services are defined by the VA as the care or assistance provided by another person (caregiver) to the veteran that is needed to support the veteran’s health and well-being.

This includes Activities of Daily Living (ADLs):

  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Dressing and Undressing
  • Toileting
  • Prosthetic Adjustment
  • Mobility (which includes Transfers)

Eligibility and Application

The VA’s directive dictates that the Veteran and the individual(s) who wish to be considered for designation by the VA as primary or secondary caregivers complete and submit VA Form 10 (10CG) or its successor form.

It is important to note that caregiver benefits, once approved, are effective the date the application is received by the VA or whenever the Veteran starts to receive care at home – whichever is later.

For help completing this form and getting care for yourself or if you are a caregiver for a Veteran please contact our office to schedule either an online phone consultation or a free, no obligation in home assessment so that we can help you determine your specific needs and document a plan-of-care that meets the VA’s requirements.

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