Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH)

One-on-one caregiver support, education and counseling

REACH is an evidence-based intervention used by trained staff to support family members and others who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia. The goal of REACH is to provide much needed support to highly stressed family caregivers and will:

  • Teach caregivers how to reduce stress, solve problems and manage difficult behaviors.
  • Help caregivers feel confident in the care they provide and improve their ability to cope.

The REACH intervention is delivered over a two to three-month period including four sessions with the caregiver – either face to face or by telephone. Each session will address topics targeted to the caregivers’ unique situation based on an assessment of areas where the caregiver needs the most help. A caregiver notebook is also provided. The notebook is written in very easy to understand language, covering dozens of topics, ranging from the physical care of the person with Alzheimer’s to emotional and communication issues.

Additional REACH sessions may be provided based on caregiver need or desire. Closure of the active phase of REACH involves a discharge plan and review of formal and informal support services available to caregivers in their community.

MNRAAA, along with the other Area Agencies on Aging in Minnesota, was awarded a contract from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, with funding from the MEDICA Foundation, to expand the availability of REACH to caregivers across the state. In addition to increasing access to this service, the funding from the MEDICA Foundation will assist with informing health systems about the benefits of REACH in supporting caregivers and developing a strong and reliable referral pathway.

To learn more about REACH in the MNRAAA service area or to become trained in REACH contact Elaine Spain at 507.387.1256, ext. 106 or [email protected].

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