Memphis Caregiver Center
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Caregiver Center, in the Department of Preventive Medicine, provides training in the REACH Community dementia caregiving intervention. Staff from health and social service agencies serving individuals with dementia and their caregivers can be trained and certified in the REACH intervention.
REACH Community (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health in the community), the product
of 20 years of research and clinical translations, is a proven dementia caregiving
behavioral intervention focusing on information, safety, caregiver health, caregiver
emotional well-being, and patient behavior management. REACH Community is based on
the successful REACH VA intervention which was a clinical translation of the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II) study.
REACH has been shown to decrease burden, depressive symptoms, the impact of depressive symptoms on daily life, the potential for abuse as measured by caregiving frustrations, and the number of troubling dementia related behaviors reported.
REACH Community is a caregiver support intervention delivered by a certified interventionist. Sessions are targeted, by a risk assessment of each caregiver, and structured through protocols and scripts. There are:
- 4 Individual core sessions (Active Phase)
- Optional additional sessions if needed
- Maintenance sessions if caregiver requests
REACH Community training is one (three hour) session; completed within a time frame set by the interventionist and the caregiver. Two to three months is a fairly common time frame. Sessions can be conducted either face-to-face (home or facility), by telephone, or using tele-health equipment if available.
To become a certified interventionist, staff first attend REACH Community training, which is 3 hours (webinar/video conference format). For certification, staff must complete an additional 1 hour role play session. UTHSC Caregiver Center staff provide ongoing consultation with interventionists to answer any questions concerning the program.
Interested in receiving REACH Community training? One of the following programs may be right for you...
REACH into Indian Country
The goal of REACH into Indian Country is to make sure that Caregivers in every Tribe and community across Indian Country have the support they need to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia.
Tribal and Indian Health Service (IHS) Public Health Nurses, Community Health Representatives, and Senior Center and Caregiver Support working with patients and caregivers.
Training and Materials
Thanks to the Rx foundation, the 3 hour training (webinar/video conference format) and materials are free. The UTHSC Caregiver Center staff provides an easy to use Interventionist Notebook with scripts and talking points for each session and a Caregiver Notebook with behavioral and stress topics for each caregiver. Staff wishing to be certified will have training materials shipped directly to their site to prepare for the additional 1 hour role play session.
The Indian Health Service has an interest in providing support to caregivers of American
Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals with dementia as part of a quality health
care plan. The REACH behavioral intervention has been identified as a model intervention
for dissemination in the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Plan
to Address Alzheimer’s Disease (The National Plan). In the National Plan, IHS and
HHS’s Administration for Community Living (ACL) have committed to adapting the REACH
Intervention to provide support to caregivers of persons with dementia. A Memorandum
of Understanding between the IHS and the University of Tennessee through its Health
Science Center has been established to make the REACH Intervention widely available
to caretakers of AI/AN with dementia. The collaborative project is called "REACH into
The goal of REACH Community is to make sure that Caregivers in every community have the support they need to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia.
Staff at community agencies such as Area Agencies on Aging, Alzheimer's Associations, health care systems, private physician’s offices, or dementia clinics working with patients and caregivers.
Training and Materials
Training is 3 hours (webinar/video conference format). For certification, staff must complete an additional 1 hour role play session. Caregiver Center staff provide ongoing consultation with interventionists to answer any questions concerning the program. For more information about the Training Materials & Certification Package, contact Jennifer Martindale-Adams, EdD.