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A caregiver—sometimes called an informal caregiver—is an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks. Formal caregivers are paid care providers providing care in one's home or in a care setting (day care, residential facility, long-term care facility). There are almost 5.5 million caregivers caring for Veterans, and 96% of those caregivers are women. 70% provide care to a spouse or partner, and provide care for an average of 10 years. VA research into caregiving touches on everything from delivery of services to support for caregivers to the impact of policy decisions.

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(5 of more than 105 CAREGIVING focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 4 CAREGIVING focused publication briefs)

  • Home Safety Intervention Improves Caregiver Competence for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
    This trial sought to give informal caregivers the knowledge and resources to prevent risky behaviors and accidents in the homes of persons with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT) or a related dementia. Investigators designed a Home Safety Toolkit that includes a booklet on high-frequency/high-severity risks for accidents and injuries in the home, and sample items (i.e., smoke alarm, night ligh...
    Date: October 1, 2013
  • Caregivers of Veterans with Chronic Illness
    This study sought to identify predictors of caregiver strain and satisfaction associated with caring for Veterans with chronic illness. Findings showed that although 76% of caregivers reported feeling very self-confident in their caregiving role, more than one-third (37%) reported high strain. Overall, the mean caregiving satisfaction score indicated a moderate level of satisfaction. Caregiver cha...
    Date: November 22, 2011
  • Successful Translation of Behavioral Intervention for Caregivers of Veterans with Dementia
    This study assessed the translation of the NIA/NINR Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health (REACH II) intervention into REACH VA – a behavioral intervention for caregivers of Veterans with dementia that ran from 9/07 through 8/09. Findings show that the REACH VA intervention provided clinically significant benefits for caregivers of Veterans with progressive dementia. Caregivers re...
    Date: February 28, 2011
  • Telephone-based Care Coordination Intervention Complements Care for Veterans with Dementia and Supports their Caregivers
    This article provides a detailed description of a telephone-based care coordination intervention – Partners in Dementia Care (PDC) – developed for Veterans with dementia and their family caregivers across all stages of the disease. Findings show that, overall, the PDC intervention addresses the diverse needs of Veterans with dementia and their caregivers, including non-medical care issues such as ...
    Date: January 17, 2011

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( 5 of more than 13 CAREGIVING focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
SDR 18-313 Home Excellence Research and Outcomes Center to Advance, Redefine and Evaluate Non-Institutional Caregiving (HERO CARE) Leykum, Luci 2018-10-01
IIR 11-347 Caregiver Outlook: An Intervention to Improve Caregiving in Serious Illness Steinhauser, Karen 2012-11-01
RRP 07-308 Caregiving Appraisal in Caregivers of Chronically Ill Veterans Wakefield, Bonnie 2007-10-01
NRI 98-183 Culturally Sensitive Models of Stroke Recovery and Caregiving After Discharge Home Rittman, Maude 2000-10-01
SDR 18-313 Home Excellence Research and Outcomes Center to Advance, Redefine and Evaluate Non-Institutional Caregiving (HERO CARE) Leykum, Luci 2018-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Date Title Presenter(s)
12/13/2017 Interventions to Support Caregivers or Families of Patients with TBI, PTSD, or Polytrauma Williams, Jr., John  
Williams, Jr., John  
Kabat, Meg  
Kabat, Meg  
Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
Brancu, Mira  
Brancu, Mira  
8/9/2017 The Role of Family Caregiving in Chronic Illness: Three Studies Trivedi, Ranak  
9/7/2016 Impact of TBI on Caregivers of Veterans with TBI: A Review of Burden and Interventions Malec, James  
9/18/2013 Engaging Caregivers in the Care of Veterans with Dementia and Diabetes Mavandadi, Shahrzad  
Rosland, Ann-Marie  
2/25/2013 Mobile Applications and Internet-based Approaches for Supporting Non-professional Caregivers: A Systematic Review McInnes, Keith  
Francis, Joe  
Kansagara, Devan  
Dyer, Edward  
Frisbee, Kathleen  

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