VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Primary Practice

Multifaceted family caregiver support program, including a caregiver stipend

Description

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, established by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, has allowed VA to provide additional supports and services to family caregivers of eligible Veterans injured in the line of duty post 9/11.

The program provides the following to caregivers:

  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel expenses (including lodging and per diem when the veteran has to travel for medical care)
  • Access to health care insurance through ChampVA (if the caregiver is not already  entitled to care or services under a health care plan)
  • Mental health services and counseling
  • Comprehensive VA caregiver training provided by Easter Seals
  • Respite care (not less than 30 days per year)

Target Population(s)

Family caregivers of eligible veterans injured in the line of duty on or after 9/11 (including individuals with traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorders). While this program is currently limited to this specific population, there are proposals pending in Congress to expand the program. Moreover, the VA offers a wide range of caregivers supports more broadly to other caregivers of veterans.

Implementation

 Since its inception, over 32,000 family caregivers have benefited from the program.

Goals/Objectives

 Support the veteran to remain at home in the community and improve their health and support the family caregiver.

Evidence of Outcomes

Emerging Practice/Model
This program is a multifaceted program based on evidence. A formal evaluation of the program is being conducted.

Additional Information

VA Website: http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_services.asp