Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health
REACH is a program especially for people who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia at home. The program makes it possible for people with dementia to live in their own homes longer by addressing problems related to caregiver health that often force people to moved their loved ones to long term care facilities. If the caregiver is better able to manage the challenges of caregiving, the person he or she cares for will benefit as well.
REACH provides caregivers with specialized, one on one education and counseling that allows them to be more effective caregivers. Dementia care specialists work with each client individually to find workable solutions for such problems as caregiver stress, challenging behaviors, home safety, depression, self-care and social support.
Are you caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? You may be eligible to participate in this program. To speak with one of the specialists or to learn more about the program, please call the Fort Worth office at 817.336.4949.
REACH is made possible in Tarrant County through the United Way’s Healthy Aging and Independent Living Project.
Parker and Johnson Counties
The Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter is one of four national sites to receive funding from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving in order to expand REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health). The new funding allows the chapter to expand the program, currently only available to residents of Tarrant County, to Johnson and Parker Counties.
The Rosalynn Carter Institute and the Alzheimer’s Association share a commitment to evidence-based programs such as REACH that are scientifically tested and proven to be effective.
"We know from research that caregivers who are supported throughout their caregiving journey are more likely to provide quality, safe care to their loved one, resulting in an improved quality of life for both. We also know that those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease suffer the highest rates of burden and depression. Evidence-based caregiver programs, such as REACH, have shown positive results in improving the health and well-being of caregivers." - Laura J. Bauer
Since 2010, the North Central Texas Chapter has offered REACH in Tarrant County, with funding provided through the United Way of Tarrant County. The evidence-based program supports individuals who are caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Using a one-on-one approach to caregiver support, dementia care specialists help people learn coping skills to optimize caregiver health and teach caregivers about Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. We are thrilled to expand this helpful program to Parker and Johnson Counties.