Caregivers are the family members and loved ones who
provide care for Veterans who are living with the effects of war,
disability, chronic illness, or aging. They deserve VA's highest level of
support. On February 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is
opening a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line housed at the
Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus in Canandaigua, New York. The support
line will serve as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers,
Veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our
Nation's Veterans. Calls to The National Caregiver Support Line will be
answered by VA employees who are licensed clinical social workers.
The Support Line will provide information on VA/
community caregiver support resources and "warm" referral to dedicated
Caregiver Support Coordinators located in every VA Medical Center; emotional
support for the caregiver will be an integral component of this service. The
National Caregiver Support Line is also available to respond to inquiries
about the caregiver benefits associated with Public Law 111-163, Caregivers
and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.
The National Caregiver Support Line will be open
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free
number is 1-855-260-3274.