The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), in partnership with VA, has announced the expansion of the Respite Relief for Military and Veterans Caregivers program.
First launched in August, this program grants Veteran Family caregivers access to no-cost, short-term aid to help those caring for wounded, ill, or injured Veterans or service members in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Following a successful launch in select regions of California, Florida and Texas, the program is now available to Caregivers nationwide.
Under the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program, caregivers of Veterans can apply to receive approximately 24-hours of respite care from a CareLinx professional to help with companionship, cooking, exercising, grooming, light housekeeping, medical and medication reminders, mobility assistance, transportation and other activities. These services come at no cost to Veterans or their caregivers.
Since August, over 3,132 hours of respite care have been delivered to Veteran and military caregivers, granting them the important opportunity to take a break from their work and have time for themselves.
“We’re excited to support the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in the expansion of this incredible respite relief program for family caregivers of Veterans nationwide. Especially now, family caregivers need support, and this program is here to provide it,” said Suzanne Shirley, Director of Community Engagement for VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE).
VA’s efforts to support Veterans and their caregivers will not stop here, though. Through VHA IE, VA will use this program as a basis to launch a new partnership model for how public and private sectors can work together during times of crisis to support military and Veteran families.
With the program now available nationwide, qualified caregivers interested in applying to the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program can begin the process by applying here: www.hiddenheroes.org/respite.