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Understanding the "Activities of Daily Living" (ADLs)
Who Is Eligible?
Veterans eligible for this program are those who sustained a serious injury –
including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder
– incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001.
Veterans eligible for this program must also be in need of personal care services
because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision
or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
To be eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers,
Veterans must first be enrolled for VA health services, if not enrolled previously.
New Services Available to Family Caregivers through this Program
The new law will provide additional assistance to primary Family Caregivers of eligible
post-9/11 Veterans and Servicemembers. New services for this group include:
* Monthly stipend
* Travel expenses (including lodging and per diem while
accompanying Veterans undergoing care)
* Access to health care insurance (if the Caregiver is not already
entitled to care or services under a health care plan)
* Mental health services and counseling
* Comprehensive VA Caregiver training provided by Easter Seals
* Respite care (not less than 30 days per year)
The VA Caregiver program didn't get off to a smooth start.
This article gives you some background.
VA fumbles new caregiver program
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This is the published rule for VA caregivers.
The rule provides for a VA stipend to designated caregivers and, as well, those caregivers
may get entitlements to CHAMPVA on their own. I'd suggest a close reading
of the rule for anyone interested in this program.
Drew Early, Esq.
Veterans Law Attorney
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