Being a caregiver can take a toll on both emotional and physical health. That’s why being able to connect with peers can make all the difference.
Last year, social workers and occupational therapists from VA Boston’s Caregiver Support Program developed a virtual peer support group, called the Caregiver Virtual Coffee Break Café, using VA Video Connect. The program provides local caregivers of Veterans with an accessible and flexible opportunity to virtually meet other caregivers.
“Finding time to just attend a virtual meeting once a week, that can be a struggle for caregivers,” said Megan Dadez, an occupational therapist at VA Boston’s Brockton Campus. “Listening to their stories and seeing how much it meant to them … it had a bigger impact than I anticipated.”