Could you use some encouragement, support, and understanding in your caregiving journey? The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) Program is designed to assist caregivers experiencing stress in the care of their loved ones at home. The program offers current information in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia as well as in-depth support. A certified coach can help develop strategies and techniques for coping with troubling behaviors while improving emotional and physical health.
The primary restrictions are: (1) caregiving must take place in home; (2) the care recipient must live in Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, or Waupaca Counties; (3) the care recipient cannot be intended to move into a care facility within the six months that REACH services are scheduled to be provided; and (4) the mental and physical health of the caregiver must be such that s/he is capable of understanding the program materials and following through with intervention plans. Caregivers with questions or seeking support are encouraged to call.
The RCI REACH program matches a certified Caregiver Coach, with a caregiver who reports experiencing a high level of stress due to their loved one’s behavior in the home setting. The Caregiver Coach meets 12 times with the caregiver over a six-month period of time. Each contact (9 in-home and 3 via telephone) offers opportunities for education, problem solving, stress management, accessing community resources, and support.
Caregivers interested in the RCI REACH Program, or seeking additional information are encouraged to contact Heather Flick, Caregiver Coach, at 920.997.8407. Referrals are made from physicians, social workers, counselors, and the caregiver or family members. Referrals should include contact information for the caregiver during the day and evening hours.
The RCI REACH Program is available to caregivers free of charge, and is supported by Mosaic Family Health, the Fox Valley Memory Project, Outagamie County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Aging Services, and Winnebago County Aging and Disability Resource Center Aging Services.
Support is offered to caregivers through the RCI REACH Program by the Caregiver Coach in home or over the phone.