This educational series is designed to aid caregivers who are helping a loved one suffering from dementia. Follow Harold and Margaret as they face common issues surrounding dementia in-home care, including home safety, legal matters, dealing with problem behaviors and learning relaxation techniques. Watch the full trailer for this series, then view the following 20 modules which are broken into specific topics. Learn more about how VA provides support for caregivers.
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Communicating with Your Doctor
Helping Harold & Margaret understand the stages of dementia.
Overview of Dementia
Nurse defines three stages of dementia.
Caring for the Caregiver
Margaret realizes she can’t face caregiving alone.
Margaret meets other caregivers and starts to share her story.
Margaret and Annie learn techniques to help them cope.
Visualization of Relaxation Techniques
Abbreviated version of Relaxation Techniques
Self-Care for the Caregiver
Nurse explains the importance of relaxation techniques and tending to caregivers’ physical and mental health.
Harold’s memory continues to decline and the family must face the legal issues around having a degenerative, chronic illness.
Facing Legal Issues
Nurse outlines legal and medical documents that are necessary to prepare for future care, end of life issues, power of attorney etc.
Both Margaret and Harold are having a hard time understanding each other. Margaret realizes she needs to change the way she talks to Harold.
Harold is now in the moderate stage of dementia. He has trouble walking and slips and falls on an area rug. Margaret makes several changes around the house.
Home Safety Tips
Nurse goes into detail about home safety.
Harold experiences a hallucination. He gets frightened and seriously agitated. Margaret can’t handle him.
Dealing with Problem Behaviors
Nurse explains problem behaviors common in moderate and severe stages of dementia. She offers tips to help with difficult behaviors.
Finding Caregiver Assistance
Given his worsening condition and agitation, Margaret can no longer care for Harold alone. She has to decide what to do next.
Resources for Caregivers
Nurse explains in detail the resources caregivers can use to find the help they need.
Implementing a Daily Plan
Now that Margaret has help, she can create a daily routine for Harold based on his tastes and lifetime habits.
Dealing with Incontinence
Harold has an accident in his bed overnight. He’s ashamed and anxious. Margaret must learn the steps to help decrease accidents.
Harold often says he wants to go home. One day he leaves the house and wanders for several hours before the police find him and bring him home.
Choosing a Nursing Facility
As Harold declines, Margaret recognizes she can’t care for him at home any longer. She looks for a facility that can give Harold 24/7 care.
Caregiving in a Nursing Home
Harold’s family moves him to a nursing home. Margaret realizes that even with 24/7 care, she can still contribute a great deal to his care.
VA has long recognized the crucial role that Caregivers play in helping Veterans recover from injury and illness and in providing for their daily care in the community. Caregivers are truly partners in caring for Veterans and VA is dedicated to providing them with the support and services they need. VA has many programs that support Veterans and their Caregivers for additional information, please contact the Caregiver Support Coordinator at your local VA medical center. You can locate the closest Caregiver Support Coordinator and find additional information about VA Caregiver Support by visiting VA’s Caregiver Website.
In addition VA established a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line 855-260-3274 on February 1, 2011. The support line is staffed by licensed independent social workers and is available to respond to inquiries about the new Caregiver services associated with Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, as well as serve as a resource and referral center for Caregivers and Veterans from all eras, professionals and the general public; provide referrals to local VA Medical Center Caregiver Support Coordinators and VA/community resources; and provide emotional support. The support line is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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