VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we're here to support you.
Some of the role of a caregiver take on are to take care of someone who has chronic illness or disease, manage medications, talk to doctors and nurses on someone’s behalf, help bathe, dress someone who is weak or disabled, take care of household chores, meals, or bills for someone who cannot do these things alone, and providing company and emotional support.
Although care giving can be rewarding for many, it is undeniably stressful and may contribute to serious illness and depression. Studies show that 16 percent of caregivers report that their health has worsened since taking on the caregiver role, and about half of caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer's disease develop psychological distress. In addition, care giving can result in new financial burdens, with 40 percent of caregivers incurring new financial expenses for care related products, services, and activities. It is estimated that 26 percent of caregivers spend up to 10 percent of their monthly income on care giving activities.
There are, however, strategies that caregivers and communities can use to reduce the effects of this added stress. Information, resources and support are often available through senior centers and local public health departments, but more research is needed to determine what services are helpful.