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Family Caregivers Matter
Wednesday, November 7, 2012Truman VA is committed to providing the best health care services to mid-Missouri Veterans. The medical center, however, does not shoulder those responsibilities alone. Family members, friends and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their loved ones.
In observance of National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank caregivers for the great work they do. A few family caregivers share their experiences about the Caregiver Support Program.
According to Beth Holsather, “I have been a part of the program for 18 months. The program has benefited my family in numerous ways….too many to express in this letter, but I would like to share a few.”
“The monthly stipend is truly a blessing. Also, phone support is a great feature of the program. I find it comforting to hear other voices express the same feeling and emotions…I can’t leave out the Caregiver Support Coordinator. I can’t begin to share how much I appreciate Denise and all the work she does for us. I know I can call her anytime, even daily, and she is always supportive with her words.”
Cindy Stover says: “Our son Joe was in the Navy. On April 3, 2009 around 6:30 pm, Joe’s life and ours changed forever… Joe requires around the clock care that includes baths, feedings and dressing. When the caregiver program came about, we were blessed to have a very caring person that was our advisor. Her name is Denise Heet. Denise is always there…”
According to Ashley Barnhill, “I am the caregiver to a disabled Veteran. The caregiver program has given me the resources to help my Veteran get through the minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years since her return from deployment.”
Denise Heet, LCSW, is Truman VA’s Caregiver Support Coordinator. Contact her at 573 814 6204 to learn more about the program.