DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — In recognition of Valentine’s Day, the Delaware County Veteran Affairs Clinic hosted an Open House event to give Veterans the opportunity to meet the Caregiver Support Program coordinators and the Medical Center’s leadership at their clinic located in Newtown Square Feb. 13, 2020.
Caregiver duties can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. If you are the caregiver for a Veteran, you should know you are not alone. The VA Caregiver Support Program provides a wide array of resources and information on education and training, and ongoing caregiver support group opportunities as well as available services offered for Veterans to include:
- Adult Day Health Care Services
- Homemaker and Home Health Aide
- Home Based Primary Care
- Home Hospice Care
- Skilled Home Care
- Respite Care
- Home Telehealth
- Home modifications
The Facility Leadership Engagement event started at 1:30 p.m. where Acting Associate Director, Cynthia Domsohn spoke to attendees and answered their questions.
The Open House started at 2 p.m. allowing Veterans and caregivers to ask specific questions about the support available to them. Barry Durkee, U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran who served from May 1967 until April 1972 and completed an assignment in Germany and two tours in Vietnam was one of the first to arrive. Durkee is enrolled with VA, receives his care at Coatesville VA Medical Center, and stopped by to get some very specific information.
“My health is gradually deteriorating, sometimes quicker than I think. I’m finding that some of the programs that I didn’t even consider needing, I’m beginning to think I might very well need,” said Durkee. “I want to make sure I’m aware of what’s available for me out there as a disabled Veteran.”
Kathleen Dolengo, the newest Caregiver Support Coordinator at CVAMC, was available until 4 p.m. to answer questions and provided practical information, advice and support about how the program can assist caregivers with the challenges they face every day.
“Caregivers do so much, and I am just awed by them,” explains Dolengo. “We are here to listen to caregivers and provide them support, resources, education, to stay in there with their partner. Because caregiver burnout is a real thing and the alternative is eventually long-term care for the Veteran.”
If you were unable to attend and have questions about the support available for caregivers, please contact the Caregiver Support Program coordinators at (610) 384-7711, ext. 5310 or visit https://www.coatesville.va.gov/services/caregiver/index.asp.
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