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Tips & Tools

Collection of Practical Tools & Tips

Couple on Video ChatLearn how you can protect, prepare and support yourself and your Veteran loved one through these challenging times with tips on Caregiving During COVID-19 (PDF) and Coronavirus FAQs page. For more information or support call us at 1-855-260-3274.

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.


VA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers

The VA Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Caregivers includes important information about suicide prevention, as well as evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder treatments that can help Veterans recover and meet their goals. This toolkit also offers resources that anyone can access in the event of a crisis. We also want to help you take care of yourself. Though you may be focused on caring for a Veteran, your own well-being is equally important. This toolkit equips you with information on self-care so that you can obtain additional support when you need it — helping you remain healthy and strong as you provide care.


Managing Medicines


Talking with Your Provider


Caring for Oneself

Use this guide to monitor your daily signs of stress and to identify actions to help restore feelings of confidence, health, and wellbeing


Caring for your Finances

Video series to assist caregivers in establishing a budget, building an emergency fund, and getting an estate plan together.


Plan Ahead for Disasters


Staying Organized


Moving around Safely - (Video Series)


Office of Rural Health - Caregivers "Dementia Video Series"

Title Link to Video
Medication Issues for People with Dementia http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/mipm.asp
Recognizing and Managing Pain in People with Dementia http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/Rmppd.asp  
Engaging People with Dementia in Meaningful Activities  http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/Epdma.asp

Series Two: “Managing Dementia Behaviors: ABC’s for Caregivers”   

Title Link to Video
Communicating with Someone with Dementia https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/comm_selfcare_assemb.asp
Understanding the ABC’s of Dementia Behaviors https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/understand.asp
ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #1 https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/abc_scenario1.asp
ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #2 https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/abc_scenario2.asp
ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #3 https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/abc_scenario3.asp

Series One: “Information and Support for In-Home Dementia Caregivers” 

Title  Link to Video 
Communicating with Your Doctor  http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module1.asp  
Overview of Dementia http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module2.asp  
Caring for the Caregiver http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module3.asp
Support Group  http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module4.asp
Relaxation Techniques http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module5.asp  
Visualization of Relaxation Techniques http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module5a.asp 
Self-Care for the Caregiver http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module6.asp  
Legal Issues http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module7.asp  
Facing Legal Issues http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module8.asp  
Communication http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module9.asp
Home Safety http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module10.asp
Home Safety Tips http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module11.asp
Problem Behaviors http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module12.asp
Dealing with Problem Behaviors http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module13.asp
Finding Caregiver Assistance http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module14.asp
Resources for Caregivers http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module15.asp
Implementing a Daily Plan http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module16.asp
Dealing with Incontinence http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module17.asp
Wandering http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module18.asp
Choosing a Nursing Facility http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module19.asp
Caregiving in a Nursing Home http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/caregivers-module20.asp

PSA---Caregiver Support Line Video:  https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/VA_caregiver.asp


Need Help?

Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the CSP team, at your local VA facility.

VA CSL Expanded hours:
      -Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
      -Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

CSP teams  are professionals who provide support and referrals to services. They provide valuable information about resources that can help you to stay informed and supported as you care for your Veteran.

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