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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

VA Celebrates our Veteran Caregivers

Caregivers attends a VA Caregiver Celebration

During a VA caregiver celebration at LaFortune Park in Tulsa on Nov. 7, caregivers were treated to free food and refreshments. In this photo, Emily Gibson (left) and Brenda Piercefield, Veteran caregivers, get food while Michael Macon (right), VA Caregiver Program Coordinator, looks on.

By Nate Schaeffer, Public Affairs Specialist
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

During the month of November, VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month to recognize and honor those who care for Veterans: our nation’s unsung heroes.

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (EOVAHCS) provides support to more than 350 caregivers who take care of Veterans suffering from chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or daily difficulties; which often allows Veterans to stay in the homes and communities they defended surrounded by their loved ones. 

“Family members, friends and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones,” said Michael Macon, EOVAHCS Caregiver Support Coordinator. “During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”

A caregiver receives information during a VA Caregiver Celebration

Mickey Hinds, Education Coordinator with Life Senior Services, provides information to Peggy Tackentien, a Veteran caregiver, during a VA caregiver celebration at LaFortune Park in Tulsa on Nov. 7.

On Nov. 6-7, EOVAHCS and community partners held caregiver celebrations events in Muskogee and Tulsa that included free food, massages, bingo, yoga and information from VA and the Alzheimer’s Association, Morton Caregiver Information Services, Goodwill Tulsa Works Career Academy, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma and Life Senior Services. 

Emily Gibson was one of 24 caregivers to attend the celebrations in Muskogee and Tulsa. Three years ago, her husband broke his hip and has been unable to walk on his own since the injury. Gibson said she appreciates the support she has received not only from the VA Caregiver Support Group, but also VA medical care for her husband. 

“From the VA in general, it’s been absolutely excellent,” said Gibson, who lives in Tulsa. “They have provided us with a chair lift, hoyer lift and hospital bed. They were right there immediately when we came home from the hospital and did everything he needed. From the caregiver support group, it’s been great to be able to share ideas and to get information from Michael that we need and learn about new things that are happening such as the Mission Act.”

Caregivers play bingo

During a VA caregiver celebration at LaFortune Park in Tulsa on Nov. 7, caregivers and Veterans play a game of bingo that also served to provide information on caregiver resources.

For more information about VA resources for caregivers, caregivers can contact VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274. The calls are answered by licensed social workers who can provide family caregivers with resources, support, or simply just someone to talk to for support.

Caregivers can also contact Michael Macon, EOVAHCS Caregiver Support Coordinator, at 918-577-0496 or visit www.caregiver.va.gov.

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