Caregiving for Persons Living with Dementia Trainings and Workshops
The RCI Reach ProgramCatholic Charities Hawaii is providing support to caregivers of persons living with dementia in the community. These caregivers could be family, friends or neighbors. In May, 2019 an expert trainer from Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) trained Hawaii “Caregiver Coaches” to personally deliver the RCI REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimerʻs Caregivers Health) Program.
Dementia caregivers are at much higher risk for depression, health problems, financial insecurity, stress and burnout than caregivers for other conditions. It takes special, targeted training and coaching to minimize these risks and give them more support, tools and tips to help them on their caregiving journey.
- 38% decrease in depression for caregivers
- 42% less frustration with loveʻs oneʻs dementia behaviors
- 40% decrease in burden for caregiver
- 37% increase in satisfaction with help from family and others
- Empowerment with the use of self-care and self-efficacy techniques
The RCI REACH Program conists of 12 customized sessions delivered over a period of six months in the home or other setting of choice and over the phone. A comprehensive manual is given to the caregiver, the Dealing with Dementia Guide, created by RCI.
CCH is proud to provide this program on Oahu. If you are a dementia caregiver or know someone who is, and are interested in this program, please call the CCH Senior Intake Line on Oahu at 527-4777 or email email@example.com.
Positive Approach to Dementia Care
Dorothy Colby is a Certified Positive Approach to CareTM Trainer and national Mentor, with more than 20 years of professional and personal experience caring for people with dementia. She is Director of Community Engagement for Hale Kuʻike Memory Care Home at Nuʻuanu, Bayside & Pali locations.
Positive Approach to Care seminars, developed by dementia advocate and Occupational Therapist Teepa Snow, provide essential information for families and professional care partners on how to have a positive and meaningful relationship with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia throughout their journey.