Trained consultants throughout North Dakota provide emotional support, education, and referrals to support services for those who care for people with dementia, leading to a greater sense of empowerment among caregivers, significantly less need for medical services and long-term care placements among dementia patients, and substantial cost savings.
A clinic uses a team-based collaborative care model that involves a team asessment, an individualized care plan, followup monitoring, and collaboration with primary care providers to treat patients with dementia and support their caregivers, leading to reductions in emergency department visits, inpatient use, readmissions, and medication problems, and to significant cost savings.
Through a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the Alzheimer's Association, a two-person care coordinator team provided support to patients with dementia and their caregivers over a 12-month period. The program led to improved psychosocial outcomes for veterans and caregivers, fewer readmissions and institutional placements, enhanced access to outpatient services, and higher overall health care costs.
A dementia care facility takes a person-centered approach to caring for residents who exhibit challenging, aggressive behavior, leading to less need for psychiatric hospitalizations and behavior-related medications.
An overnight “daycare” program offers a safe, stimulating environment to those with severe dementia who face challenges at night, providing respite to overburdened caregivers and delaying the need for nursing home placement.
The Timeslips program uses group storytelling to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
Resident-Assisted Montessori Programming (RAMP) is a peer leadership program in which patients in the early stages of dementia are trained to lead group activities with their peers who have more advanced dementia. Using principles of the Montessori learning method, RAMP teaches early-stage patients to use their strengths, such as procedural memory, to engage patients in meaningful social roles.