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Caregivers and Family Support

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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Citations

(5 of more than 594 CAREGIVER focused publications)



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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 21 CAREGIVER focused publication briefs)


  • Veteran-Directed Care Adds to Options for Medically Complex Veterans Living in the Community – Without Raising Costs
    One way in which VA facilitates independence and supports caregivers is through the Veteran-Directed Care (VDC) program, part of VA’s Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care Services. VDC enables enrollees to hire family members, friends, or neighbors as paid caregivers and also provides caregiver support, including caregiver training and burden monitoring. This study evaluated the incidence of VA ...
    Date: June 1, 2019
  • VA Experience with Implementing Intensive Primary Care Programs for Veterans at Highest Risk
    This case study describes VA’s experience with implementing intensive primary care programs, as well as the program elements that appear to be necessary to meet the complex care needs of these high-risk Veterans. Findings showed that the PACT Intensive Management program (PIM) has been successfully implemented for more than three years at five demonstration sites in the VA healthcare system. The P...
    Date: October 25, 2017
  • Impact of Comprehensive Caregiver Support Program on VA Healthcare Utilization and Cost
    The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) supports caregivers of Veterans from the post-9/11 era who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or supervision or protection because of the residual effect of injuries sustained during their service. A monthly stipend is provided to caregivers based on Veterans’ care needs. In this study, investigators examined...
    Date: April 1, 2017
  • Benefits for Veterans with Dementia who Participate in VA Program Integrating Healthcare and Community Services
    This study tested the effectiveness of a telephone-based care-coordination program – Partners in Dementia Care (PDC) – that integrated healthcare and community services through structured coaching and support. PDC targeted both Veterans and their primary informal caregivers. Findings showed that compared to usual care, PDC was associated with significantly lower levels of self-reported adverse out...
    Date: February 28, 2014
  • 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

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Studies

( 5 of more than 58 CAREGIVER focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 20-104 Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement Wyman, Mary 2021-07-01
PPO 20-342 The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Veteran Caregivers: A Mixed Methods Study to inform the VA Caregiver Support System Penney, Lauren 2021-03-01
C19 20-398 COVID-19 Impact on Biopsychosocial Factors of Loneliness in Rural Older Veterans and Caregivers Padala, Prasad 2020-08-01
IIR 18-290 Caregiver SOS: An Intervention for Employed Caregivers Mavandadi, Shahrzad 2020-04-01
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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Topic Spotlight

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Caregiver" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
10/21/2020 Informal Caregiver Support Policies & Use of VA Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Services Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
12/5/2019 Adaptation and Implementation of a Family Caregiver Skills Training Program: From single site RCT to multisite pragmatic intervention Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
Van Houtven, Courtney  
Kaufman, Brystana  
9/24/2018 Balance Dysfunction after mild TBI: Findings from the Chronic Effects of NeuroTrauma Consortium Longitudinal Study Cifu, David  
Walker, William  
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  
Brancu, Mira  
Brancu, Mira  
Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
12/11/2017 Whole Health from the Perspective of VA Caregivers: Findings from a Photovoice Study Urbina, Sharon  
Meyer, David  
True, Gala  

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