Caregiver Coaching


In-Home Dementia Coaching for those with memory loss, their families and care partners

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul offers in-home Dementia coaching (flyer), personalized education and support to adults experiencing memory loss or living with dementia, their family members and care partners. Through our In-Home Dementia Coaching program, coaching is provided to those at any stage of the disease by a caring, skilled, licensed professional. Individual care partner coaching is also available.

What dementia coaching includes
  • An in-depth assessment to identify current needs
  • Partnering together in the development of an action plan based on the individual or family’s needs, values, and goals
  • Ongoing follow-up, guidance, and support in meeting established goals 
  • Disease education and referral to community resources
  • Family meeting facilitation
  • A focus on supporting well-being and honoring every person’s unique situation
Meaningful topics for discussion
  • Caregiver stress and self-care
  • Communication strategies
  • Safety
  • Preparing for difficult transitions such as limiting driving, bringing services into the home, or making a move to residential care 
  • Problem solving and responding to challenging situations 
  • Assistance with planning for the future
  • End-of-life decisions
There is no cost for In-Home Dementia Coaching through June of 2018. This service is supported, in part, through a Minnesota Board on Aging grant.

For more information about In-home Dementia Coaching services available through Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, please contact:

Bonnie Jaffe, RN
(651) 497-8248

REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health

 in the Community) 
What is REACH?
REACH is a proven approach used by trained caregiver consultants to support family members and others who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. 

  • Teach caregivers how to reduce stress, solve problems, and manage difficult behaviors the person with memory loss may display
  • Help caregivers feel confident in the care they provide and improve their ability to cope
How it Works
After the caregiver completes the REACH assessment, four core sessions are offered and tailored to what the caregiver most needs. The caregiver consultant holds the sessions in person (or by phone), typically over 2 to 3 months. The session fee is on a sliding scale.

Who Can Participate
Family members and others who have a significant personal relationship with someone with dementia and who provide regular or ongoing care for that person.
What the sessions include:
  • Education about Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, safety, and health issues
  • Problem-solving techniques to manage behaviors or address issues
  • Stress management activities that are easy and quick to do
  • Extra sessions can be provided depending on caregiver need or interest
  • The Caregiver Notebook, an easy-to-understand resource with dozens of topics ranging from physical care to communication issues, is provided
Betsy Hoffman at (651) 414-5291 or or visit

Family Memory Care Consultation for Spouses

Family Memory Care assists the spousal caregiver of a person with memory loss as well as the entire family unit to understand and cope with the progression of the disease. This includes individual and family sessions with a Caregiver Consultant over the course of 4 months.

Sliding fee scale

Wilder Community Center for Aging 
650 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

651-280-CARE (2273)

REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health in the Community) Interventionists

Wilder now has two trained REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health in the Community) Interventionists to provide support for caregivers of people with memory loss. Catherine Engstrom, LGSW, Social Worker in Wilder's Caregiver Services and See Lor, BA Case Manager in Wilder's Southeast Asian Program. 

This program is a one on one program with an interventionist that includes four sessions over a period of two to three months. The program focuses on safety, health, social support, caregiver physical and emotional well-being, stress management, and problem solving for target behaviors and issues. 

Interested caregivers may contact us at (651) 280-CARE (2273) or for further information.

Caregiver Coaching & Family Memory Care Consultation

Caregiver Coaching is a personalized service that equips family caregivers with knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve a balanced lifestyle while caring for another person.  Family Memory Care Consulting is a service for caregivers living with a family member who has memory loss.  It can help reduce caregiver stress and increase support received from family.

TBD mutually agreeable location
Visit or contact Carolyn Klaver at (952) 261-5235 or

Caregiver Services for African Americans (Volunteers of America)

Our Usual Care services are available for caregivers of an elder 60+ with a debilitating disease, chronic health conditions, or frailty. Services include:
  • Caregiver Social Worker to help you better manage your life and the life and health of your loved one.
  • Coordination of information, support, and practical assistance: Information on and links caregiver to available community resources such as homemaker, chore, legal assistance and transportation.
  • Coaching/counseling: Professional coaching/counseling that assists caregivers with identifying their needs and then develops a personal action plan. Services under this heading may include family counseling; problem solving; financial and legal counseling; coaching to build knowledge and skills so that caregivers can make decisions and provide care that meets both their own needs and those of their loved one.
Alzheimer's Consulting 
Our Alzheimer's consulting is available for a caregiver of an individual, of any age, with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. A caregiver consultant will assess your situation and discuss your concerns.

Our caregiver consultant will help you: 
  • Understand Alzheimer's disease and how the disease may progress over time
  • Develop strategies for coping with personality and behavior changes
  • Work with you and your family to develop a plan that best supports you
  • Assist you in finding resources and helpful services
  • Create a support system of family, friends and community members
Services include:
  • Assessment of person-caring for an individual living with Alzheimer's disease
  • Individual and family caregiver sessions to develop strategies to support the caregiver, family member with Alzheimer's disease, as well as other family members
Caregiver services are supported through a grant from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, as part of the Older American act. However, we still need your financial support. Please consider a financial contribution of any amount to help us continue our quality of service to you and your family. 
Office: Volunteers of America-Minnesota,7625 Metro Blvd, Edina, MN 55439 
Service: The caregiver's home, in the office, or another predetermined location. 
Dorothea Harris, MSW. LICSW 
Caregiver Program Manager 
Phone: 952-945-4175 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This 6-week evidence-based educational program provides caregivers with tools to gain better communication techniques, increase their self-care and build confidence while managing their emotions.

Upcoming sessions are listed on the Education and Community Events page on the RSVL A/D homepage.

Days and time vary with sponsor and session. Check the Education and Community Events page on the RSVL A/D homepage for details.

Locations vary with sponsor and session. Check the Education and Community Events page on the RSVL A/D homepage for details.

$40 per six-week series, includes workbook (scholarships available)


Call 651-280-CARE (2273) or email

651-280-CARE (2273)

Online Resources

"Insights from Arthur’s"

“Insights from Arthur’s” is a video series that will provide you with helpful tips on having positive relationships with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Your host is Deb Nygaard, Director of Development at Arthur’s Residential Care and ACR Homes, Inc.

At your convenience

On your computer


Alzheimer's Caregiving: A Mayo Clinic E-newsletter

Alzheimer's Caregiving is a FREE e-newsletter devoted specifically to issues and concerns related to caring for someone with Alzheimer's. Get medical insight from Mayo Clinic experts, and find tips from other caregivers for making day-to-day activities easier for yourself and your loved one.

At your convenience



To subscribe visit the Mayo Clinic E-Newsletter page.

Alzheimer's Weekly E-news

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in Alzheimer's treatments, care and research. Get tips for living with Alzheimer's as well as simple ideas on how you can support the fight to end Alzheimer's. 

Alzheimer’s Association


To subscribe visit the Alzheimer's Weekly E-news page.