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Dementia Care Pilot Program Helps Seniors Age In Place Longer

Aging in Place, Elder Care Issues

Source: Home Health Care News

A home-based dementia care pilot program delivered by non-clinical caregivers led to a number of improvements in quality of life and delaying seniors’ transition from home to other care settings, according to a recent study.

 

Seniors received dementia care at home related to home safety, nutrition and physical health, and ended up living an additional nine months at home before being transferred to other care settings.

Seniors received dementia care at home related to home safety, nutrition and physical health, and ended up living an additional nine months at home before being transferred to other care settings.

While dementia can often be associated with high healthcare costs and long-term care placement, a program called The Maximizing Independence at Home (MIND) Pilot can keep afflicted seniors living safely in their homes for longer periods of time before the need to transfer to a long-term care facility or institutionalized setting.

The results of the program were detailed in a recent study published by Johns Hopkins University researchers in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychology.

Over an 18-month period, seniors who received care coordination under the MIND program via home visits were able to live in their homes a median of 288 extra days, or approximately 9.5 months.