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VA National Caregiver Month

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Caregiver assists a Veteran

Caregivers assist Veterans in many ways.

By Barbara Buffington
Friday, November 5, 2010

Nationally, more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year.   VA Roseburg Healthcare System is proud to support this important group and to recognize them during National Family Caregiver Month.

 A caregiver is a family member or loved one who voluntarily takes on the daily care needs of a severely injured or chronically ill person.  Their services often come with great sacrifice to their personal lives and with limited medical training or preparation.  VA recognizes that caregiving is a labor of love, and is committed to supporting caregivers of Veterans from all eras, they are our partners in Veteran health care. 
VA Roseburg Healthcare System provides support for family caregivers through the Homemaker/Home Health Aide program (H/HHA).   Through this program, more than 60 eligible veterans receive in-home services offering respite and training to family caregivers throughout Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, and northern Del Norte counties. 

Veterans in the Eugene area have access to Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) which is a unique VA program through which a comprehensive treatment team delivers primary health services to Veterans within the comforts of their home.  Family caregivers fulfill a vital role in the success of the HBPC program.  They are most familiar with the Veteran, the treatment plan, and what’s working and what isn’t. 
According to Barbara Buffington, Community Care RN and VA Roseburg Health Care System Caregiver Support Coordinator,   “I have the opportunity to interact with wonderful family caregivers on a regular basis.  These are dedicated men and women who are focused on taking care of their loved one.  Too often, they fail to take time to care for themselves.  It’s especially important that we remember to take care of the caregiver during National Family Caregivers Month and every month."

Ms. Buffington is sending out information packets to caregivers this month that include tips for self-care, and reminders to do so.   For more information on caregiver support, and National Family Caregiver Month, contact Barbara Buffington at 541-440-1000, ext. 41253. 
To read President Obama’s proclamation regarding National Family Caregiver Month, click on the following link:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamations-national-family-caregivers-month