Home-Based Care Teams Offer Help for Those With Dementia

Coordinated effort boosts quality of life, delays need for nursing home, study finds

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The study took place in an area with a large academic medical center, and it might be more difficult to implement where there are fewer resources, Kennedy said. "But that doesn't mean that you could not see this put in place in suburban areas," he added.

The researchers are still crunching the numbers for how much this program would cost, but they already think it would be very cost-effective.

"We estimate it would probably cost $1,000 to $2,000 per person per year," Samus said.

In contrast, nursing homes can cost between $30,000 and $100,000 a year, Kennedy said. "It would appear advantageous to Medicare's expenditures to pay for [an at-home program]," he added.

"Our number one long-term goal is to gather enough evidence to be used by health care providers like Medicare to decide if they could pay for it," Samus said.

Because the findings were presented at a medical meeting, they should be regarded as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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You can learn more about dementia by visiting the Alzheimer's Association.

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