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Researchers develop new model of dementia care

Posted by RHHAdmin on May 31, 2012 8:17:04 AM

People receiving dementia care frequently need someone with them the majority of the time, as an incident could result in hospitalization.

However, a new model of dementia care may soon be translated into common practice, as it was found to reduce the instances of hospitalizations. The Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine has developed a model that encourages medications that are not harmful to seniors and has been used to treat more than 1,000 patients.

The researchers suggest extending the definition of patient to include family members, so they can work with their loved one's nurses, social workers and other staff members while living on site with the dementia patient. This method decreased emergency room visits by 45 percent and hospitalization by 54 percent.

"Our research over the past decade has shown the importance of families and communities, in addition to medical care, in improving the quality of life for older adults with dementia," said Regenstrief investigator Dr. Christopher Callahan, Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Professor in Aging Research at the IU School of Medicine. "The Healthy Brain Aging Center uses a team-based approach to help get everyone on the same page in meeting the goals of care for the patient and their family caregivers."

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