RCI REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) serves family caregivers who are providing assistance to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. The program uses a “coaching” model rather than the usual caseworker or classroom approach to supporting caregivers.
The coach takes RCI REACH into the homes of the families, other location of the caregiver’s choice, or virtually, scheduled at a time that is convenient for them. During twelve sessions held over a period of six months, the coach and caregiver work together to identify which issues are causing the most difficulty and then develop strategies to overcome the challenges.
Caregivers also receive training in stress management and coping with dementia behaviors. Information is pulled from the latest research as well as from the experiences of other caregivers in similar situations. The caregiver not only gains information but also learns new problem solving and coping skills that will serve them long after their involvement in the program has ended.
From an RCI REACH Caregiver Coach in California:
“I just want to share how amazing the REACH experience has been. I just completed my first client yesterday – her burden and depression scale went from being really high to almost non-existent. I went home feeling so good about the changes in this family’s life. Thank you for bringing this program to us!”
NOTE: RCI Staff, certified as Master Trainers, are available to train agencies or individuals interested in implementing this intervention. Contact Lezlie.Poole@gsw.edu for more information.
Agencies providing RCI REACH to specific service areas are:
Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation – Detroit, MI
Prisma– Greenville, SC
Five County Assoc. of Governments Area Agency on Aging – St. George, UT
Mosaic Family Health Inc., Fox Valley Memory Project– Appleton, WI
Universidad Central del Caribe – Bayamon, PR