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Volunteer Caregiver Support Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) and the Office of Care Coordination (OCC) has joined together to form the Caregiver Support Network.

 

The Volunteer Caregiver Support Program prepares volunteers to effectively support primary caregivers of Veterans.  As part of this network, the Volunteer Caregiver Support Program is one way VAVS is supporting the needs of Veterans and their families in an ever changing health care environment.

 

As a Caregiver Support Program Volunteer you will be a vital part of a network of family, friends, social service and health professionals who provide comfort and support to homebound Veterans.  Through this program, you will provide a much needed break for the caregiver so they can renew their energy and spirit. In addition, volunteers provide compassionate support to ill and injured Veterans in their homes.

 

Volunteer Caregiver Support Assignments

Caregiver Support Volunteers visit homebound Veterans once or twice a week for a few hours; providing socialization and friendly companionship.  A Caregiver Support Volunteer may:

 

  • Assist with reality orientation/ awareness
  • Engage in conversation
  • Encourage exercise
  • Play games/ cards
  • Work on craft projects
  • Foster Veteran contact with family and friends
  • Assist with letter writing
  • Read newspapers or books
  • Listen to music
  • Watch movies
  • Listen to lifetime memories and reminiscing

 

How To Become A Caregiver Support Volunteer

  • Complete the Caregiver Volunteer Application package
  • Successfully complete the interview and selection process
  • Provide two positive references
  • Attend volunteer orientation
  • Complete fingerprinting check.  Approval and clearance is mandatory.
  • Have Tuberculin (TB) test administered
  • Successful completion of a six-hour classroom training and ten hours of visiting with Veterans in a supervised setting
  • Be in good general health and free of communicable disease
  • Participate in one-on-one training specialized to the needs of  the Veteran patient
  • Be Reliable
  • Be Flexible
  • Provide own transportation
  • Make a one year commitment to the program