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Dementia Care (including Alzheimer's)

Care for Veterans with Alzheimer’s or dementia is provided throughout the full range of VA health care services. Depending on the Veteran's needs, services may include home based primary care, homemaker and home health aide, respite care, adult day health care, outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital, nursing home, palliative care, or hospice care.  Caregiver support is an essential part of all of these services.

If you’ve been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for someone who is, become familiar with the symptoms, types, stages, and treatments:

Now Available: Home Safety Workbook for Caregivers of People with Dementia

  • Workbook with evidence based information
  • Practical tips for home safety for caregivers
  • Includes itemized list to take to the store
  • Easy to read with helpful illustrations
  • A home safety toolkit with this workbook was tested in a randomized control trial (RCT) with safety equipment (such as night lights and motion sensors). Veterans had significantly fewer (p < 0.001) risky behaviors and accidents. Caregivers had significantly improved: Home environmental safety (p < 0.001); Caregiver self-efficacy (confidence in their caregiving skills) (p < 0.006); Caregiver strain (p < 0.001)

Care Coordination: Getting the Workbook to Caregivers

  • Verify there is a caregiver who speaks English living with the Veteran
  • Download the Home Safety Workbook from the VA GEC internet website: Home Safety Workbook
  • Print and give workbook to caregiver
  • Explain the workbook to the caregiver


QUESTION: Where can I find basic information about dementia for Veterans and Families?


QUESTION: What are some resources for Dementia Caregiver Support?


  1. VA Caregiver Support Website:
  2. VA Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274
  3. VHA GEC Shared Decision Making Guide:
  4. VHA Office of Rural Health Dementia Caregiver Video Series (22 short videos):
  5. HHS Alzheimer’s Website:
  6. National Institute on Aging (NIA) Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR):
  7. U.S. Administration on Aging Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116;