RCI REACH(Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health) provides education, a focus on safety for the patient, support for the caregiver, and skills building to help caregivers manage difficult patient behaviors and decrease their own stress.

RCI REACH is an in-home, tailored, caregiver support intervention consisting of:

• 12 individual sessions in the home or by telephone; up to 9 face-to-face and 3 telephone sessions
• Data collection at beginning and end
• Program length 6 months
• Must complete 75% of sessions to be considered a program completer 

Program Objectives:

• Improvement in overall caregiver health and depression
• Reductions in feelings of burden from caregiving
• Improvement in caregiver management of troubling behaviors of the care recipient
• Delay in institutionalization

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!”

RCI REACH Eligibility Criteria: 
Family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia

Watch this caregiver share her testimonial about how REACH helped her. “I have an attitude of gratitude!”

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:

Lee Russell Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging 
– Opelika, AL
East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission 
– Anniston, AL


Camarillo Health Care District – Camarillo, CA

Catholic Charities
– Honolulu, HI

Community Action Partnership, Area II Agency on Aging 
– Lewiston, ID

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions 
– Indianapolis, IN

Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. – 
Hagerstown, MD

Senior Resources of West Michigan
Muskegob, MI

Nevada Senior Services 
– Las Vegas, NV

Community Action Team, Inc. 
– St. Helens, OR

Greenville Health System: Memory Health Program 
– Greenville, SC

Five County Assoc. of Governments Area Agency on Aging – St. George, UT

Fox Valley Memory Project
 – Appleton, WI

Universidad Central del Caribe
– Bayamon, PR