What is Dementia?
Dementia is a disorder of brain function that commonly impairs recent memory, language ability, planning ability, following directions, orientation and judgment. In addition, the Dementia patient often undergoes personality changes and has less control over their emotional reactions.
Alzheimers Dementia accounts for 55% of cases, Vascular Dementia some 15 to 20% of cases, with numerous less common types comprising the remainder of cases.
- 5.4 million cases in the U.S.
- 588, 208 cases in California alone
- 11 to 16 million cases projected in the U.S. by 2050
It is important to seek medical attention for the symptoms of Dementia as some forms of Dementia are reversible. In almost all cases the symptoms of Dementia can be reduced or controlled by behavior techniques or medication. Despite treatment, most forms of Dementia are progressive. However, new treatments can reduce the rate of progression.
The National Institutes of Health, major universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other research organizations are dedicating enormous amounts of resources to determine the cause of Dementia and methods to improve treatment. Spectacular breakthroughs are expected in the future.
There are numerous behavioral techniques that one can learn to help control the symptoms and reduce caregiver stress. Additionally, medications are available to increase one of the major chemical messengers in the brain that is markedly reduced in Alzheimers Dementia. There are also medications that can help with the symptoms of agitation, anxiety, suspiciousness, depression, insomnia, etc.
The major focus of our Memory Loss Program is to efficiently bring state of the art treatment to the Dementia patient so the quality of life for the patient and their family can be improved to the fullest extent possible.
Improving Quality of Life is the Focus
To achieve this, the Medical Director and Butte Home Health have developed an innovative and comprehensive Memory Loss Treatment Team as a part of our Medicare Certified Home Health Services. This Team evaluates and treats Dementia and its life-altering symptoms efficiently and effectively while the patient remains under the supervision of the primary care physician.
Included in the team are:
- Medical Director
- Nurse Manager
- Skilled Nurses
- Medical Social Workers
- Home Health Aides
- Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
The Memory Loss Treatment Team at Butte Home Health incorporates a state-of-the-art protocol, which is pre-approved by the primary care physician. The protocol consists of an evaluation and treatment algorithm to treat the behavioral and medical problems present. Because dementia patients often require multiple medication trials and behavior techniques before symptoms can be controlled, the protocol avoids costly delays and suffering.
Since the Memory Loss Treatment Team is mobile, the behavioral and medical problems the patient is experiencing can be treated at HOME. This helps prevent institutionalization and moves the patient to an optimal level of wellness and independence.
A HOME is defined as:
- Personal residence
- Retirement Community
- Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
The Dementia Treatment Team establishes care plans that are harmonious with assisted living licensing regulations, as well as personal residences.
How are Home Health Services Paid?
The Dementia Treatment Program is provided as a Home Health program to the community. Under certain circumstances Medicare pays for 100% of the intermittent professional services of a home health agency.
Butte Home Health can assist the family with arranging for custodial care or the continuous care of live-ins and personal care attendants.
How is a Patient Referred to the Memory Loss Program?
Any family member or friend is welcome to contact our office to inquire about services. Based on information provided, our staff will contact the family/caregiver and primary care physician to arrange appropriate services.