VA Caregiver Support Program
Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH) VA Program
REACH VA - Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health in the VA
Caregiving can be challenging. The REACH VA program provides support for caregivers with:
- Stress and mood management techniques.
- Understanding the care recipient’s condition (teaches caregivers the skills needed to take care of their veteran.)
- Care planning.
REACH VA Program - Sessions
Caregivers will develop skills in problem solving, positive thinking, and stress management. The REACH VA Program has been shown to decrease caregiver depression, burden, and frustrations, and reduce the number of challenging problems reported. REACH VA sessions are customized for each caregiver. The material is tailored to caregivers based on assessments of where they need the most help.
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.
REACH VA Caregiver - Telephone Support Groups
REACH VA Caregiver Telephone Support Groups for caregivers teach valuable skills in a group format to help with problem solving, stress management and positive thinking. The Telephone Support Group Leader works with a group of caregivers to learn better ways to deal with challenges and find time to care for you as well.
REACH VA Program - Eligibility
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.
Ask your Caregiver Support Coordinator about the REACH VA Program !
Caregiver Support Coordinator
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. Find your local Caregiver Support Coordinator
Caregiver Support Line
With VA's Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274 – assistance is just a quick phone call away. If you're just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that's available to you.