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[[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Caregiver Program Reassessments And Changes?
Draggin' posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research ForumDraggin's wife here...I recently received some information about how the caregiver program was changing to a "rehabilitation program" for the veterans involved. I shrugged it off, until receiving a letter that went to all caregivers in the area (North Texas). The letter follows (in red): - Annual Clinical Reassessments are completed upon or around your anniversary of being in the Caregiver Support Program. The reassessments are completed by a board of interdisciplinary doctors including a Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, and a Medicine physician. We also reach out to you, your Veteran, and your Veteran’s VA treatment team directly to provide additional input. o Reassessment will result in one of the following: Your tier level can increase, stay the same, decrease, or transition of the program completely if your loved one has regained independence. - If your Veteran is receiving care by community providers (private sector), it is the responsibility of the Veteran and Caregiver to ensure that those records get to the VA system for scanning for purposes of oversight. o You may contact your loved one’s VA primary care clinic to determine how to get these records in for scanning. - This program is meant to be rehabilitative as opposed to a long standing benefit for Veterans who have the ability to recover. o Veterans in this program are required to engage in treatment plans working towards recovery. o Veterans in this program are required to see their VA treatment team ‘at a minimum’ of once per year. o For those Veterans who have the ability to regain their independence in functioning, it is likely that many of these Veterans will ultimately transition off of the program as they continue engaging in treatment. I have also spoken to a few veterans in my area that let me know that their caregiver benefits were taken away, as they no longer qualified. I am freaking out. My veteran cannot handle things if I have to go back to work!!! I spoke to my caregiver support coordinator and explained that my husband is now 100% P&T disabled due mainly to PTSD. She said to have his doctors document that they do no expect improvement in his condition. I wanted to give a heads up for any that may be coming across this situation and ask any advice of those that have already been through this sort of reassessment, as it's not the annual one done by the sweet nurses that come to your house. Thanks so much Draggin' and Draggin'sWife
[[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Caregiver Program Husband being dropped questions
Katedaffron posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research ForumI'm still a little lost on this site. I'm a wife/caregiver. We were enrolled in the program 10/2013 - 10/2014. We had some legal issues beyond our control that forced my husband to live away from home for about 6 months. His father came to stay with him because he can not be left alone. He has severe PTSD with suicidal attempts (last one 9/14) We did the right thing (UGGG) and reported to the VA that he was not in the home and withdrew from the program. He did not want to go through having his dad take over in the program because it was too much for him to handle doing at the time (LOTS of STRESS!) So when we were able to be back together in Jan 2015 He reapplied. We were told in April 2015 he no longer qualified because his PTSD had improved and that his seizures were not service connected (PNES) Although his MEB identifies "Syncope of Unknown Etiology" as being permanently aggravated by service. So now that the VA has done the video EEG they are called PNES Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures. Anyway, We applied again in June 2015 and just received the denial on Dec 9,2015. Same reasoning. So, how does PTSD improve with a 6 month seperation from your family, a major life altering court battle, severed extended family relationships as a result and a recent suicide attempt? Everyone who knows us knows he is rarely left alone. His father is almost panicked when he doesn't know where he is at (Dad now lives with us). I must be answering questions wrong or something.... He can function ok most mornings but goes downhill from there. PNES are mostly in the afternoon & evening when his brain shuts down. This happens 3-4 times a week. He has memory loss and is a risk for leaving the stove on if home alone. He has two ER visits in the last year for serious falls in the yard. He of course doesn't drive himself to town. We live very remote also so there are not many people to check on him if I was to go back to work, which is not even a thought due to his needs. He doesn't talk on the phone to people and avoids conversations in stores and such so I do all of that. I don't understand how they are coming up with their assessment. Oh and we were just informed that his VA Counselor is not allowed to comment or contribute when asked to do so by the Caregiver Support Team????? Who else knows his history and present mental health needs? I tried to open the rating scale link you posted on the other thread but it was no longer accessible. Could you please cut and paste it here?