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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
Recognizing and Managing Pain in People with Dementia  
Engaging People with Dementia in Meaningful Activities

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

Title Link to Video
Communicating with Someone with Dementia
Understanding the ABC’s of Dementia Behaviors
ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #1
ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #2
ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #3

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

Title  Link to Video 
Communicating with Your Doctor  
Overview of Dementia  
Caring for the Caregiver
Support Group
Relaxation Techniques  
Visualization of Relaxation Techniques 
Self-Care for the Caregiver  
Legal Issues  
Facing Legal Issues  
Home Safety
Home Safety Tips
Problem Behaviors
Dealing with Problem Behaviors
Finding Caregiver Assistance
Resources for Caregivers
Implementing a Daily Plan
Dealing with Incontinence
Choosing a Nursing Facility
Caregiving in a Nursing Home

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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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