REACH VA Program
The REACH VA Program is an opportunity for Caregivers of Veterans to take better care of themselves and their loved ones by providing them with important information in the challenging areas of caregiving, and building their skills in stress management, mood management, and problem-solving.
The trained and certified REACH VA Program Coach usually provides four individual sessions with the Caregiver over a period of 2 to 3 months, extending the number of sessions if both the Coach and Caregiver feel there is more work to do. The sessions normally last about an hour each and may be held face to face, over the telephone, or over telehealth video conferencing.
To be eligible for the REACH VA Program, the Caregiver must be caring for a Veteran or a Veteran caring for a loved one, where the Veteran is receiving services at the VA. Caregivers receive a Caregiver Notebook, which is the first resource for caregiver issues and challenges, for stress management, mood management, and problem-solving. REACH VA is available for Caregivers of Veterans diagnosed with: ALS, Dementia, MS, PTSD, or Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder.
The REACH VA Caregiver Program is designed to assist Caregivers of Veterans with challenges such as Taking Care of Yourself, Problem Solving, Mood Management, Asking for Help, and Stress Management.
- REACH VA provides education, a focus on safety for the patient, support for the caregiver, and skills building to help Caregivers manage difficult patient issues and decrease their own stress.
- REACH has been shown to significantly improve caregiver quality of life – caregiver burden, depression/emotional well-being, self-care and healthy behaviors, social support, and management of care recipient problem behaviors.
- REACH VA is an effective intervention to decrease caregiver stress and improve the management of Veteran concerns.
- The goal of REACH VA is to decrease Caregiver stress and improve the management of patient behaviors throughout the VHA system.
- EACH VA Coaches help Caregivers of Veteran loved ones care for themselves, too.
- REACH VA Coaches help Caregivers build caregiving strength and stay strong.
Ask your Caregiver Support Coordinator about the REACH VA Program.