VA Cultivating Access to Resources, Education, and Skills for Dementia Caregivers (VA CARES)
Ultimately, dementia will have a large impact on quality of life in Veterans and families, lead to expensive nursing home placement, and decrease life expectancy for patients and family caregivers. To address the high burden of caring for a Veteran with dementia, the primary purpose of this research program is to study how education and skill-building can improve quality of life for caregivers.
What is involved:
• Caregivers will be randomly assigned to either receive paper educational materials related to dementia and caregiving or participate in a brief series of education and skill sessions led by a dementia expert.
• The training program consists of four weekly sessions followed by additional booster sessions 3 and 9 months later.
• During these sessions, caregivers will learn about dementia and the diseases that cause it, learn ways to help cope with the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia, build communication skills, and be connected to various resources available to caregivers both within the VA and through other local and national organizations.
• We will follow up with caregiver participants for assessments 6-months, 12 months, and 24 months later.
• There is no cost to caregivers for participation. Caregivers will be reimbursed $25 for each session and assessment, with total compensation ranging from $100-$250.
Caregiver Required: Yes
Protocol Title: Dementia Caregiver Rehabilitation: Enhancing Veteran and Family-Centered Care
Therapeutic Area: Caregiver Support Intervention
Age Range: 18+
Purpose: The primary purpose of this research program is to study how teaching caregivers about dementia and building their caregiving and self-care skills will impact caregivers and the Veterans they love.
Who is Eligible?: Family caregivers of Veterans with dementia.