November is National Family Caregivers Month. VA San Diego Healthcare System salutes those who serve a cause greater than self and contribute to the well-being of their loved ones. Caregivers provide the support and care needed to allow Veterans to remain in their own home. Caregivers also play an important role in supporting Veterans who are hospitalized or living outside their home.
"Family caregivers make a valuable contribution to patient care," said Stan Johnson, director, VA San Diego Healthcare System. "They are our partners in Veteran health care, meeting the daily needs of the most severely injured and chronically ill Veterans on a daily basis."
One example of caregiving in San Diego is Mrs. Jones, who is a long time caregiver for her husband with Alzheimer’s. She is dedicated to keeping him at home with the support of the VA San Diego Healthcare System programs, including Adult Day Health Care, Home Based Primary Care, and Homemaker Home Health Aid. However, she suffers herself from arthritis and other medical problems. With the support of VA San Diego team, Mr. Jones’ medications are managed and he is now seen by his VA doctor in his own home. Mr. & Mrs. Jones said, "We no longer have to drive 45 minutes to the VA for an appointment." Mr. Jones is visited in his home for all primary care appointments by his doctor, nurse, and social worker. Overall, Mr. & Mrs. Jones are very pleased with the care and services VA San Diego provides. "We could not do this on our own without the VA’s help and support" said Mr. & Mrs. Jones.
In support of National Family Caregivers Month, the VA San Diego Healthcare System will have a Caregiver information table with family caregiver resources such as brochures, handouts, announcements, and giveaway items at the medical center's Social Work Office, from November 8 – 12, 2010, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for staff, Veterans, and caregivers.
Join us in celebrating National Caregivers Month and learn more about caregiver resources.
For more information, please call the VA San Diego Healthcare System’s Caregiver Support Coordinator at (858) 642-3827.