New strategies help dementia patients stay home longer: BrightStar can help

Posted on July 29, 2012

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Keeping aging parents at home can be challenging but BrightStar is there to help.  Recent findings bring new hope that patients with dementia can avoid institutionalization longer — and stay at home instead if they receive the proper in-home care.

This is thanks to a new system of care identified in a recent study by Quincy Miles Samus, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The model involves counseling for the patient and caregiver, initial home safety assessment and interventions, and a follow-up that occurs at least once a month, according to a HealthDay report.

Additionally, “Coordinators checked… nutrition and food availability and whether participants participated in meaningful activities beyond watching television,” according to News Medical.

A system like this has an immense potential to reduce cost and at the same time improve care.  Nursing homes can cost $30,000 or $100,000 a year

The study tested 303 mentally impaired (265 with dementia, 38 with mild cognitive impairment) people age 70 and older in the Baltimore area over a period of 18 months, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The results showed 70 percent of those who received the new system of care were still at home after 18 months, while half of those who received their usually care were in a nursing home, hospital, assisted living facility, or passed away, according to HealthDay.

BrightStar of Downtown Houston provides dementia caregivers trained to deliver specialized care.

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