The holidays are upon us, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) offers resources to help caregivers manage and enjoy the magical season.
"The Caregiver Support Program is committed to supporting the whole caregiver and helping them every step of the way," said CSP Executive Director Dr. Colleen M. Richardson. Our holiday guide and events can help caregivers create positive holiday memories while nurturing their self-care needs."
Caregiving Through the Holidays Guide: Budgeting, Emotional Wellness, and Self-Care
The Caregiving Through the Holidays Guide is a comprehensive tool providing caregivers 24/7 access to budgeting, emotional wellness and self-care tips.
Caring for Your Budget
A 2023 holiday survey by NerdWallet* found that most shoppers will use credit cards to complete their shopping. The Caregiving Through the Holiday Guide delivers budgeting tips to help caregivers enjoy the holidays without the additional debt.
Caring for Your Emotions
American Association of Retired Persons* found that seven in ten caregivers say caring for their loved ones during the holiday is emotionally stressful. The Caregiving Through the Holiday Guide offers strategies to help caregivers communicate and navigate their feelings this season.
Caring for Yourself
From stress-reduction techniques to tips for maintaining a positive outlook, caregivers can find practical strategies for managing stress and practicing self-care in the Caregiving Through the Holiday Guide.
VA Caregiver Support Line (CSL) Monthly Telephone Education Group Calls
The VA CSL offers free, monthly one-hour telephone education calls for caregivers. The topic for December is Finding Comfort in the Healing Gifts of the Season, which offers different ways caregivers can connect with others for support and healing. The benefits of managing the holidays can last through the year. To register for the call, dial 1-855-260-3274. Caregivers unable to attend the calls can access presentations on the CSL's webpage.
Calls will be held on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at 10 a.m. ET
- Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at 7 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET
CSP promotes the health and well-being of Veterans' caregivers through education, resources, support and services. More information can be found on CSP's website.
Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Team/Coordinator, at your local VA Medical Center.
VA CSL Expanded hours:
-Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love.
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