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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.

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 "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:  https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/vets/VA_caregiver.asp

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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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