December 05, 2012

Hawaii Agency One of Only Five in U.S. to Receive Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Funding

Honolulu, Hawaii – According to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the United States is facing a care-giving crisis that has far-reaching consequences for every American. Recognizing the excellence of the Gerontology Programs of Child & Family Service, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) has awarded the Hawaii nonprofit an award of $150,000 to implement RCI-REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer Caregiver Health).

Child & Family Service is one of only five programs nationwide to receive this funding award.

RCI-REACH is part of RCI’s programs to increase the use of “science that works” to support both professional and family caregivers. The Institute believes that evidence-based interventions, or those based on clinical trials, have the greatest chance of improving the health and well-being of caregivers. Through funding from Johnson & Johnson, RCI-REACH will enhance Child & Family Service’s extensive gerontology programs that serve a total of more than 1,000 elderly individuals and their caregivers each year through caregiver support, case management and wellness programs.

The RCI-REACH grant is a three-year program that will provide Child & Family Service with additional tools to assure that family caregivers receive interventions that have been proven effective in reducing the burden and depression associated with care giving. RCI-REACH trainers will be on site in Hawaii in January to begin program implementation to measure the effectiveness of current programs and offer additional training and counseling for staff members to continue to provide innovative services in the field of gerontology programs.

According to Howard Garval, President and CEO of Child & Family Service, the national grant recognizes Hawaii’s diversity of population and culture and Child & Family’s track record in providing gerontology programs to Hawaii’s community.

“Child & Family Service is pleased to bring the extensive national resources of RCI-REACH to Hawaii’s caregiver community to support proven results in Alzheimer’s caregiver support,” Garval said. “Child & Family Service is one of the oldest private nonprofits in the State, and we have invested considerably in evidence-based practices over the course of recent years that enable us to respond to changes in community needs and to offer new programs not offered elsewhere in the state or for that matter, in the country.”

Garval noted that the organization’s Gerontology Program services are designed to allow clients to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Its Ohana Care program provides case management and counseling services for unpaid family caregivers and their care receivers. Program assessment includes a variety of measurement tools such as the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale, CASE Abuse screening, and providing help to identify and manage symptoms of depression.

In addition to the Child & Family Service Gerontology Program, the other grantees for the 2012-2015 RCI-REACH program are: Alzheimer’s Association in Fort Worth; Home Aides of Central New York in Syracuse; Nevada Senior Services, Inc. in Las Vegas; and Conemaugh Medical Center in Johnstown, PA.

The Rosalyn Carter Institute is located at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA, in Sumter County, the home of former President Jimmy Carter and three National Historic sites.

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI)

Child & Family Service Gerontology Program

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