Veterans may receive most of their healthcare through the VA, but for many Veterans it is their family and loved ones who take on the very important task of caring for them every day at home. It is a hard job and can be exhausting. VA Butler Healthcare wants to make sure that our Veteran's home caregivers can get a break occasionally and take a rest. That is why VA Butler offers Respite care for our Veterans and their caregivers.
"The more we care for our caregivers the better they can care for our Veterans," said VA Butler Social Worker Dawn Zurzolo. "They don’t have to go anywhere or be ill. Sometimes they just need a break from the high-level of attention needed to care for a loved one."
Dawn recommends that home caregivers schedule regular breaks throughout the year. "They can use up to 32 days a year," said Dawn," and break it up from 4 days at a time up to the full 32 days if needed."
The rest isn't only good for the caregivers. Time spent at VA Butler Healthcare provides positive social benefits for the Veterans as well.
"I love it here," said World War II Navy-Veteran Richard L. Williams. Time spent at the VA provides him connections with other Veterans and builds valuable social networks. "My daughter takes care of me all day. She needs a break, and I like it here. I see my buddies. All the nurses are nice. There are a lot of activities."
The primary eligibility to be considered for Respite care is that the Veteran be enrolled and under the active care of a VA doctor. If a home care provider feels that they require respite, they can contact their VA primary care provider’s team.
"When we take care of those caring for our Veterans," said Dawn, "then we can make sure that our Veterans are getting the best care possible."