Are you a family caregiver of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? When faced with the difficult task of providing care for someone suffering from these diseases, there may be many questions you have, like how to handle the changes your loved one is experiencing, and what you can do to decrease your own stress.
That’s why Nascentia Health is pleased to offer the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) program, which is free of charge, personalized and specifically designed for family caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Due in part to a grant provided by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, REACH teaches caregivers how to manage difficult behaviors presented by the Alzheimer’s/dementia patient, as well as how to better care for themselves in the process.
The REACH program provides education with a focus on safety for the patient, support for the caregiver, and skill building to help you manage difficult patient behaviors and decrease your own stress. REACH provides in-home caregiver support intervention that is specifically tailored to each individual case. The program consists of:
- 12 individual sessions in the home or by telephone (up to nine face-to-face and three telephone sessions)
- Data collection at beginning and end
- A program six months in length
In order to be considered a program completer, you must complete 75 percent of the sessions. The overall program objectives include improvement in caregiver health and depression, reductions in feelings of burden from caregiving, improvement in caregiver management of troubling behaviors of the care recipient, and a delay in patient institutionalization.
Employers download our REACH flyer to post in your workplace!