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Assistance and Support Services for Family Caregivers. Jennifer Jaqua, MSW Caregiver Support Coordinator Madison VA National Caregiver Support Program VA Central Office, Washington, DC. Eligibility for P.L. 111-163 Sections 101-104 .

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assistance and support services for family caregivers

Assistance and Support Services for Family Caregivers

Jennifer Jaqua, MSW

Caregiver Support Coordinator

Madison VA

National Caregiver Support Program

VA Central Office, Washington, DC

eligibility for p l 111 163 sections 101 104
Eligibility for P.L. 111-163Sections 101-104

P.L. 111-163 Section 101 Veteran Eligibility Criteria:

  • Veteran who suffered a serious injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty on or after 9/11/01 including

traumatic brain injury and psychological trauma or other mental disorder


  • Is in need of personal care services because of
    • an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living;
    • a need for supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological or other impairment or injury; or
    • such other matters as the Secretary considers appropriate
  • General Caregiver benefits include all era Veterans


caregiver support coordinators
Caregiver Support Coordinators
  • At all VA medical centers
  • VAMC subject matter experts on administrative procedures to process applications, coordinate required home visits, monitor training requirements, and coordinate between clinical teams, and administration.
  • Assist with application for new benefits
  • Organize family support services.
current va services
Current VA Services

In-Home Care

Homemaker Home Health Services

Skilled Home Care

Home Based Primary Care

Veteran Directed Home & Community Based Care

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Bowel & Bladder Care

Respite Care

In Home

Adult Day Health Care

Institutional Placement

Additional Benefits


Home Adaptation

Automobile Grant

Transportation Assistance

Increased Veteran Pension and Compensation – Aid & Attendance


current vs new caregiver benefits
Current vs. New Caregiver Benefits

Current Benefits

Available to Veterans of All Eras

World War II



Gulf War


Education and Training

Family Support Services

In-Home Care

30 Days of Respite Care

Aid and Attendance

Additional Benefits

  • Additional Benefits under P.L. 111-163
  • Available to subset of post-9/11 Veterans and Servicemembers
  • Primary Caregivers Receive:
  • Stipend
  • Health care (if not otherwise available)
  • Mental health services
  • Family Caregiver Benefits
  • Family Caregivers Receive:
  • Travel, lodging and per diem for training
  • Respite care during training
  • Lodging and subsistence for Veteran’s VA appointments
  • Appropriate instruction and training
  • Counseling

Public Law 111-163



primary family caregiver benefits
Primary Family Caregiver Benefits
  • Stipend
    • Direct payment to primary family caregiver
    • Centrally funded and managed
    • Based on wages of a home health aide in the geographic area where the Veteran resides
    • Tiered based on amount and degree of personal care services provided
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel and Lodging
    • Integrate into existing programs
  • Mental Health Services
    • Individual/Group psychotherapy and counseling
    • VA or by contract
caregiver education and training
Caregiver Education and Training

Standardized Core Curriculum

  • In-person or web-based
  • Easter Seals provides core training

Specific Training to individual Veteran needs

  • In-home return demonstration
  • Additional training to ensure success
on going support to veteran and caregiver
On-Going Support to Veteran and Caregiver
  • In-Home initial visit
  • Well-being checks every 90 days
  • Home visits are supportive and instructive
  • Evaluation of Veteran and caregiver’s physical and emotional state
  • Recommendations for additional training, support, equipment, etc