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Tips & Tools

Let our collection of practical tools, tips, and information help you to care for yourself, care for your loved one, and stay organized. These resources were developed by VA’s Caregiver Support Program or partner organizations.

Managing Medicines

Talking with Your Provider

Caring for Oneself

Use these guides to monitor your daily signs of stress and to identify actions to help restore feelings of confidence, health, and wellbeing.

Plan Ahead for Disasters

Staying Organized

Moving around Safely - (Video Series)

Managing Dementia Behaviors – (Video Series)

Office of Rural Health - Caregivers Video Series

Medication Issues for People with Dementia: (Video Link)
Caregivers frequently have to manage medications for their loved ones with dementia. However, this task can be very challenging. This video portrays different approaches for caregivers to organize and store medications, handle medication refusal and create medication lists. The video also discusses common issues individuals with dementia face, such as difficulty swallowing medications.

Recognizing and Managing Pain in People with Dementia: (Video Link)
Pain and generalized discomfort is often an overlooked source of irritability and aggression in people with dementia. This video portrays methods for caregivers to recognize the signs of pain or discomfort, monitor pain, side effects of pain medications, and how to manage pain without medications when possible.

Engaging People with Dementia in Meaningful Activities: (Video Link)
People with dementia lose their ability to plan things on their own, leaving caregivers to help engage their loved one in activities that are meaningful. This video encourages caregivers to establish a consistent but flexible routine, to set realistic expectations, and to discover activities that provide a sense of accomplishment for the person with dementia.

Need Help?

Caregiver Support Coordinator
Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love. Enter your zip code to view contact information for your area.

Caregiver Support Line
With VA's Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274 – assistance is just a quick phone call away. If you're just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that's available to you.

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