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Family Care Services
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Providing care for caregivers
and people with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia at any stage is a challenging task. The North Central Texas Chapter can make caregiving a little easier though Family Care Services. Combining two separate but related programs--REACH and Case Management--Family Care Services allows dementia care specialists and case managers to work together in order to better serve the needs of families.

Case Management

Case Management is the heart of the Alzheimer's Association commitment to helping families with overwhelming challenges. Case managers work closely with caregivers to assess care recipient needs and help connect them with the services of the Alzheimer's Association, as well as other community resources. Among the many community agencies the Alzheimer's Association works with to meet specific needs are the Area Agency on Aging, Easter Seals, Meals on Wheels and Aging and Disability Resource Center, in addition to healthcare and medical professionals.

REACH

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) is a program for individuals who are taking care of people who are challenged with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's or other dementia for at least eight hours per week. Over a six-month period, a dementia care specialist meets one-on-one with the caregiver to address issues affecting caregiver well-being, such as depression, burden, self-care and health, social support, safety and problem behaviors. 

A telephone call to the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline connects concerned callers to trained professionals who can answer questions and offer information and referrals. The Alzheimer's Association has ready answers to many common questions and likely will follow up by sending information about education, support, medical, legal and care resources. Some callers may have their questions answered in one or more telephone calls; others may benefit from scheduling a care consultation, which involves a more detailed approach to solving that family's specific problems.

Not all callers need Family Care Services, but case managers and dementia care specialists are available for those who do. It all begins with a telephone call to 800-272-3900 or a referral from a health care professional or partner agency.


 

Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.