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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(5 of more than 647 CAREGIVER focused publications)
- Leyenaar JK, Tolpadi A, Parast L, Esporas M, Britto MT, Gidengil C, Wilson KM, Bardach NS, Basco WT, Brittan MS, Williams DJ, Wood KE, Yung S, Dawley E, Elliott A, Manges KA, Plemmons G, Rice T, Wiener B, Mangione-Smith R. Collaborative to Increase Lethal Means Counseling for Caregivers of Youth With Suicidality. Pediatrics. 2022 Dec 1; 150(6).
- Timko C, Lor MC, Rossi F, Peake A, Cucciare MA. Caregivers of people with substance use or mental health disorders in the US. Substance Abuse. 2022 Dec 1; 43(1):1268-1276.
- Griffin JM, Vanderboom CE, Gustavson AM, Kaufman BG, Ingram C, Wild E, Dose AM, Mandrekar J, Holland DE. A Methodological Approach for Documenting Multi-Component Interventions Targeting Family Caregivers. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. 2022 Nov 5; 7334648221137882.
- Sperber NR, Boucher N, Hughes JM, Bruening R, Zullig LL, Decosimo K, Tucker M, Christensen LA, Allen KD, Hastings SN, Van Houtven CH. Mandated caregiver training in the Veterans Health Administration: Caregiver inquiry informs national dissemination. The Gerontologist. 2022 Nov 3.
- Boucher NA, McKenna K, Dombeck CB, Clark AG, Wang K, Olsen JM, Shepherd-Banigan M. Caregiving in U.S. Gulf States During Natural Disasters and COVID-19. Gerontology & geriatric medicine. 2022 Oct 27; 8:23337214221133719.
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(5 of more than 23 CAREGIVER focused publication briefs)
- VA-GRACE Program Effectively Supports Aging Veterans and Caregivers But Does Not Reduce Readmissions
The Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) program is a collaborative, multidisciplinary care model that provides home-based geriatric care management. This study evaluated VA-GRACE from its implementation (2010) to 2020 in terms of its effect on mortality and readmissions – and examined patient, caregiver, primary care provider, and VA-GRACE staff satisfaction. Findings sho...
Date: August 29, 2022
- Examining the Investment in Caring for High-Needs Patients
Since 2013, VA has invested more than $22 million in fostering and testing interventions within patient-centered medical homes at five demonstration sites to improve care for Veterans at highest risk for hospitalizations or death. In this commentary, VA authors involved in this project, known as the VA PACT Intensive Management program, reflect on lessons learned about improving care for this popu...
Date: September 10, 2021
- 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
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( 5 of more than 61 CAREGIVER focused projects
|| Hospital GamePlan4Care: A Web-Based Delivery System for Dementia Caregiver Support
|| Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement
|| The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Veteran Caregivers: A Mixed Methods Study to inform the VA Caregiver Support System
|| COVID-19 Impact on Biopsychosocial Factors of Loneliness in Rural Older Veterans and Caregivers
|| Caregiver SOS: An Intervention for Employed Caregivers
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Using Multiple Qualitative Methods to Study Changes in Care Delivery, In-Home Vaccination, & Social Isolation of Home-Based Veterans and Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
|| Haverhals, Leah
Informal Caregiver Support Policies & Use of VA Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Services
|| Shepherd-Banigan, Megan
Adaptation and Implementation of a Family Caregiver Skills Training Program: From single site RCT to multisite pragmatic intervention
|| Van Houtven, Courtney
Balance Dysfunction after mild TBI: Findings from the Chronic Effects of NeuroTrauma Consortium Longitudinal Study
|| Cifu, David
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