Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Office of Rural Health

Menu
Menu

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge
 

RESOURCES

Veteran Resources | VA Information |Support | Career | Caregivers Video Series|

Veteran Resources

Rural Veterans have distinct issues and challenges compared to their urban counterparts. Below is a partial list of resources to connect you to the support and services required to support your long-term health and well-being.

VA Information

Resources for Rural Veterans and Their Communities
Explore VA
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration
Veterans Health Administration
National Cemetery Administration
Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

Support

Connected Care 
Lifeline Program for Veteran families in need of voice connectivity services
National Resource Directory
Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs)
VA Caregiver Support Website
If you are a Veteran or a Veteran’s caregiver and need information or services, watch our short VA Caregiver support Line video and contact 855-260-3274 to reach a licensed, independent social worker.
Free Transportation Support - Veterans who need a ride should contact the Veterans Transportation Mobility Manager at their local VA medical center. Veterans or caregivers can go to the Veterans Transportation Service website and click on the appropriate state to find or scroll down the page for the contact information at participating VA Medical Centers.

Career

Health Care Career Options at VA
Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service's

Gerofit Program

Watch two videos spotlighting Veterans in Los Angeles (3:49 minutes) and Durham VA (15 minute documentary) medical centers who use Gerofit, a supervised exercise program for older Veterans.

Caregivers Video Series

To educate and aid Veteran caregivers, the Office of Rural Health funded the following caregiver video series, each of which are broken up into modules on specific topics. If you would like a DVD copy of the modules, or if you have questions or feedback, please call 801-582-1565 ext. 2770 or email the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center - Salt Lake City and mention the specific video module title(s) as shown below in blue.

Medication Issues for People with Dementia: 
Caregivers frequently have to manage medications for their loved ones with dementia. However, this task can be very challenging. This video portrays different approaches for caregivers to organize and store medications, handle medication refusal and create medication lists. The video also discusses common issues individuals with dementia face, such as difficulty swallowing medications.

Medication Issues for People with Dementia

Recognizing and Managing Pain in People with Dementia: 
Pain and generalized discomfort is often an overlooked source of irritability and aggression in people with dementia. This video portrays methods for caregivers to recognize the signs of pain or discomfort, monitor pain, side effects of pain medications, and how to manage pain without medications when possible.

Recognizing and Managing Pain in People with Dementia

Engaging People with Dementia in Meaningful Activities: 
People with dementia lose their ability to plan things on their own, leaving caregivers to help engage their loved one in activities that are meaningful. This video encourages caregivers to establish a consistent but flexible routine, to set realistic expectations, and to discover activities that provide a sense of accomplishment for the person with dementia.

Engaging People with Dementia in Meaningful Activities

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

Most people with dementia experience behavioral changes as their condition progresses, which can become challenging and distressing for caregivers to manage. This video series portrays Teri and Frank, a couple coping with Frank’s progressing dementia, to illustrate ways to communicate with and get help for someone with dementia. The series also teaches the ABC Model, a method that caregivers can apply most behavioral troublesome or frustrating behaviors associated with dementia to help reduce or eliminate them.

Communicating with Someone with Dementia

Length: 15:41
Teri learns how to better communicate with Frank.

Understanding the ABC’s of Dementia Behaviors

Length: 14:44
Teri attends a workshop to learn the ABC Model, a method used to eliminate or reduce a behavioral problems in dementia.

ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #1

Length: 12:26
Teri applies the ABC Model to Frank’s behavior.

ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #2

Length: 11:42
Teri applies the ABC Model to Frank’s behavior.

ABC’s of Dementia Behavior: Scenario #3

Length: 9:42
Teri applies the ABC Model to Frank’s behavior.

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

Follow Harold and Margaret as they face common issues surrounding dementia in-home care, including home safety, legal matters, problem behaviors, and relaxation techniques.Watch the full trailer, then view the series of 20 modules broken into specific topics.

Communicating with Your Doctor
Length: 05:08
Helping Harold & Margaret understand the stages of dementia.

Overview of Dementia
Length: 04:44
Nurse defines three stages of dementia.

Caring for the Caregiver
Length: 04:56
Margaret realizes she can’t face caregiving alone.

Support Group
Length: 05:25
Margaret meets other caregivers and starts to share her story.

Relaxation Techniques
Length: 09:33
Margaret and Annie learn techniques to help them cope.

Visualization of Relaxation Techniques
Length: 03:38
Abbreviated version of Relaxation Techniques

Self-Care for the Caregiver
Length: 03:21
Nurse explains the importance of relaxation techniques and tending to caregivers’ physical and mental health.

Legal Issues
Length: 05:03
Harold’s memory continues to decline and the family must face the legal issues around having a degenerative, chronic illness.

Facing Legal Issues
Length: 05:17
Nurse outlines legal and medical documents that are necessary to prepare for future care, end of life issues, power of attorney etc.

Communication
Length: 04:34
Both Margaret and Harold are having a hard time understanding each other. Margaret realizes she needs to change the way she talks to Harold.

Home Safety
Length: 04:11
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
Length: 04:35
Nurse goes into detail about home safety.

Problem Behaviors
Length: 04:39
Harold experiences a hallucination. He gets frightened and seriously agitated. Margaret can’t handle him.

Dealing with Problem Behaviors
Length: 05:27
Nurse explains problem behaviors common in moderate and severe stages of dementia. She offers tips to help with difficult behaviors.

Finding Caregiver Assistance
Length: 05:58
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
Length: 04:30
Nurse explains in detail the resources caregivers can use to find the help they need.

Implementing a Daily Plan
Length: 06:01
Now that Margaret has help, she can create a daily routine for Harold based on his tastes and lifetime habits.

Dealing with Incontinence
Length: 04:32
Harold has an accident in his bed overnight. He’s ashamed and anxious. Margaret must learn the steps to help decrease accidents.

Wandering
Length: 05:42
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
Length: 04:56
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
Length: 06:00
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.