Caregiver Support Program (CSP) - Highlighted Resource for the Month - August
August Resource of the month - Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH)
Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH) VA offers one-on-one coaching and group support to caregivers of Veterans. REACH VA primarily supports caregivers of Veterans with dementia, spinal cord injury/disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). There is also a unique program for spouses of post-9/11 Veterans. REACH VA is available for caregivers of Veterans enrolled in VA health care.
Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH) VA Program (PDF)
How REACH VA Works:
REACH VA Individual pairs caregivers with a trained and certified REACH VA program coach who provides four individual sessions with caregivers over two to three months. The number of sessions is extendable if both the coach and caregiver feel there is additional work to do. The sessions typically last about an hour each and may be held face-to-face, over the telephone, or via telehealth video conferencing. Caregivers receive a caregiver notebook to assist them during the sessions, allowing them to track and write down information related to stress management, mood management, and problem-solving.
Group Telephone Support
REACH VA’s telephone support group instills valuable skills to help with problem-solving, stress management, and positive thinking. The Support Group Leader works with a group of caregivers and teaches them ways to deal with challenges.
REACH VA May Be Good for Caregivers Who:
- Desire stress reduction methods.
- Care for Veterans diagnosed with dementia, spinal cord injury/disorders, MS, PTSD, or ALS (but any caregiver can participate).
- Would like to work one-on-one with a coach or connect with other caregivers in a support group setting.
Benefits of REACH VA
- Educates caregivers on the importance of developing a strategic approach and streamlining the caregiving process.
- Helps caregivers understand their Veteran’s condition(s).
Advantages of REACH VA:
- Develop a strategic and streamlined approach to caregiving.
- Enhance understanding of the Veteran’s condition(s).
More Information and How to Enroll:
Learn more about REACH VA at: www.caregiver.va.gov/REACH_VA_Program.asp
Contact your local CSP team for information about how to enroll. Find your local CSP team using the locator tool: www.caregiver.va.gov/support/New_CSC_Page.asp.
Call VA’s Caregiver Support Line (CSL) at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about the support that is available to you, and for assistance connecting with the Caregiver Support Team/Coordinator, at your local VA Medical Center.
VA CSL Expanded hours:
-Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
-Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love.
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