In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, the Caregiver Support Line will be hosting “live” brief meditation activities via telephone throughout the month of November. This is a great opportunity to take 10 minutes out of your busy schedules to focus on relaxing your mind and your body. Every Wednesday at 8am, 12pm and 8pm Eastern Time, Caregivers are invited to call toll free 1-800-767-1750. When prompted, enter access code 73687 then press the # key. Then, sit back, relax, and let a Caregiver Support Line social worker guide you through a brief activity to help restore your balance. Registration is not required! Please join us in these activities as we honor you, the Caregivers of our nation’s Veterans
If you enjoy these groups, VA’s Caregiver Support Line facilitates monthly telephone education groups for family Caregivers of Veterans with a theme of “Care for the Caregiver.” A different topic is presented every month with the goal of helping Caregivers develop tools and strategies to help balance the demands of caregiving, while also focusing on the importance of self-care. Topics include Focusing on the Forgotten…ME!, Goodbye to Going It Alone: Learning to Ask for Help, and Safe Haven: Building on Family Strength. These groups are available to any family Caregiver currently caring for a Veteran enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare who are caring for a loved one at home are also eligible to participate. To listen to an audio recording of one of these presentations, please visit www.caregiver.va.gov. For more information or to register for a group, please contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator. To find your local Caregiver Support Coordinator or for more information, tips, and tools to support you in your role as the family Caregiver of a Veteran, please visit VA’s website dedicated to Caregivers, www.caregiver.va.gov.