RCI collaborates with Phoebe Sumter to ‘REACH’ local caregivers

Published 6:00 pm Friday, May 27, 2016

Program serves needs of caregivers

AMERICUS — RCI REACH, a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) in collaboration with Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, is now available in Sumter and surrounding counties.
Provided to caregivers of loved ones with memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia, REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health) focuses on the specific needs of the individual served. Together, the caregiver and the caregiver coach decide what challenges should be addressed, and they work together to find solutions. The program is free for families served and all information is completely confidential. Data shows that at the end of this six-month evidence-based program, caregivers report reduced stress, depression, burden, and improvements in physical health.
Chances are that you know someone coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. Whether they arein the early, mid or late stage  of the disease process, there is likely a family member or friend who has taken on the responsibility of providing for their safety and well-being. There is now a local and free program available to provide that caregiver with the information, tools, and support they need to carry out that mission without sacrificing their own well-being.
The RCI REACH program is one of a kind in many ways, including that this service is free. Primary caregivers of someone with memory problems are accepted on a per need basis, rather than income or insurance based. Sessions can be held on location or at home.
Schieloh Wolfe, who works for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, will administer the REACH program in the Sumter County area. Wolfe, a U.S. Army veteran certified in crisis intervention, has years of professional experience helping individuals overcome challenges.
Limited spots are available for this program. To sign up, contact Wolfe at 229-931-7108 or email swolfe@phoebesumter.org.