The Durham VA Medical Center program “Caring for Older Adults and Caregivers at Home” (COACH) began as a pilot in 2010 and is now a fully funded program in Durham and is expanding to two more locations, Greenville and Morehead City. The COACH program is open to Veterans aged 65 or older living within a 50-mile radius of either the Durham VA Medical Center, Greenville VA Health Care Center, or Morehead City VA Community-Based Outreach Clinic with a caregiver at home. The COACH program offers education and support through a patient-centered approach with individualized interventions by an interdisciplinary team with the goal of delaying nursing home placements and reducing caregiver stress.

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