AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Supporting Caregivers of Patients With Dementia
The March issue of AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchangefeatures three programs that used innovative strategies to support caregivers of patients with dementia. One of the profilesdescribes a program that uses trained consultants throughout the state of North Dakota who conduct in-depth initial assessments with caregivers of dementia patients. The assessments offer caregivers emotional support, education about the typical progression pattern for dementia and referrals to local support services. The consultant and the caregiver then work together to develop a specific care plan that will help support the caregiver and their patient. Afterward, the consultant provides ongoing support through follow-up conversations. By alleviating the burden on caregivers, the program has reduced the need for costly medical services for patients and placement in long-term care facilities. These reductions have generated an estimated $40 million in savings across the state, primarily due to the reductions in likelihood of long-term care.
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