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VA Maryland Health Care System


Caregiver Support

VA and Caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers assistance to caregivers. Caregivers provide a valuable service for Veterans and are "partners" with VA in providing excellent health care. Caregivers allow Veterans to remain in their own home and also play an important role in supporting Veterans who are hospitalized or living outside their home.

What is a Caregiver and Are You One?

Caregivers assist those who are chronically ill, disabled, or are getting older and are no longer able to care for themselves. Caregiving includes helping with personal needs or household chores, as well as managing a person's finances, arranging for outside services, or visiting regularly to see how the individual is doing. Caregivers are generally unpaid family members or friends (though they may be paid professionals) who provide care to their loved one. You do not need to live with a person to be considered a caregiver and many people who serve as a caregiver do not recognize themselves as such – you may simply think you’re "helping out."

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you are a caregiver.

  • Do you feel responsible for providing support to a loved one?
  • Do you help out a loved one around the home, with cooking or cleaning, even if only on an occasional basis?
  • Do you take your loved one to run errands and/or escort them to medical appointments?
  • Would your loved one call you in an emergency and expect your prompt assistance?
  • Do you provide support or assistance to a loved one living in long-term care, assisted living, or a residential facility?

Without assistance, caregivers may experience stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, financial challenges, or neglect their personal health. VA is here to help you balance your life and achieve greater personal satisfaction with your role as a caregiver. This website will help you find out more about the assistance VA offers to Caregivers.

Who can I contact for assistance?

For information about Caregiver Support Program throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System, please call 410-605-7000, ext. 54143.

Caregivers at a Glance*

  • 54 Million adults in the US provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend
  • Over two-thirds are women
  • 45% are age 18-49
  • 40% are age 50-64
  • More than half are married
  • Approximately three-fourths have worked while caregiving
  • Over 40% say they did not have a choice in taking on the caregiver role
  • A majority assist their loved one with at least one activity of daily living (usually helping the person in and out or bed and chairs)
  • Over 50% experience medium to high levels of stress as a result of the demands of their role as a caregiver
  • One-quarter say they have a difficult time coordinating care with health care professionals or service providers

*National Alliance for Caregiving and American Association of Retired Persons Survey - 2009

VA Caregiver Support Home

Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274

Caregiver Services

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. Follow the link to learn more about the variety of services available to Family Caregivers.

Caring for a Veteran? Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Services for Family Caregivers of Veterans

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) is expanding to all eras.

Expansion rolls out in two phases beginning with eligible Veterans who served on or before May 7, 1975, and phase two, beginning October 1, 2022, will include eligible Veterans who served between May 7, 1975, and September 11, 2001.

PCAFC, which prior to this expansion was only available for eligible Post-9/11 Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty, provides resources, education, support, a financial stipend, health insurance, and beneficiary travel to caregivers of eligible Veterans.

Veterans with a 70% service-connected disability who served either on or after September 11, 2001, or on or before May 7, 1975, and are in need of Caregivers Support should contact their local Caregivers Support Coordinator, or visit for more information.

Find your Caregiver Support Coordinator


Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA's Caregiver Support Line (1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.


410-605-7000 Ext. 54143

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