Supported and empowered caregivers make a difference
Caregiver focused legislative actions underscore the need to better support those asked to fulfill this difficult role. Taking care of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (ADRD) poses unique challenges
48% of all caregivers care for someone with ADRD1
Nearly 60% report their emotional stress as high or very high2
One in three report their health worsened due to care responsibilities3
Individuals with ADRD require intense levels of caregiving and their caregivers play a large role in health care decisions. Due to a lack of support caregivers often become overwhelmed and seek expensive medical care that’s unnecessary.
Emerging dementia care management programs can ease these challenges, improve quality of care and reduce costs. Individuals secure more timely and appropriate levels of care through innovative models that empower caregivers.
New care models facilitate meaningful connections and reach caregivers through a multi-component approach. Dementia care teams, that include registered nurses and social workers, relieve caregiver stress by resolving immediate concerns through calls, texts, and emails.
The University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) dementia care program developed at their Memory and Aging Centers is a great example. GLENNERCARETM introduced by The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers delivers highly effective dementia care through a virtual service model.
These types of programs deliver:
Improved dementia patient well-being
Decreased levels of caregiver depression
Reduced caregiver burden
Decreased number of emergency department visits
Fewer unnecessary hospital admissions and re-admissions
VirtuALZ embraced the innovative methods and principles that originated in these programs when creating a new value-based caregiver support program.
1,2 Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
3 National Association for Caregiving